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Almost a million in extra funding for school improvements proposed


Thousands of children will benefit from the investments being considered by the county council’s cabinet on 18th July.

Although the council’s budget was agreed in February, updates are brought to cabinet for their approval throughout the year

At this month’s cabinet meeting, they will be asked to approve an increase of £932,000 to the children and families’ capital budget. This will see schools across Gloucestershire given funds for improvements.

At the same time, some funding already allocated has now been approved for specific projects.

Some schools are set to get funding from ‘basic need’ money, which is allocated to the council by the Department for Education to meet the extra demand for school places. An investment of £300,000 will go to St Mary’s C of E infant’s school in Cheltenham for an extra classroom, while Harewood Junior School will benefit from £100,000 to remodel and provide more toilet facilities.

Glenfall primary school will receive £32,000 from the schools health and safety capital budget to improve the school’s kitchen facilities. The school will also contribute £13,000 towards the project.

Primary schools in Cheltenham will get their share of £4million to make changes so they can offer extra places to local children and improve school buildings. 

Beaufort Co-operative Academy will receive £143,000 from the Raikes Chase development so the school can provide additional accommodation needed as part of their ongoing expansion works.

A further £356,000 of developer contributions from local housing developments will go to Chipping Campden Academy towards their new 6th form block (£422,000 is already allocated).

The school suitability programme has been approved with a total value of £1.84m (£332,000 coming from school contributions).  Improvement projects include toilet refurbishments, adaptations to improve teaching provision, accessibility and outdoor space improvements.

Cllr Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for economy, skills and growth, said; “These projects will make a real difference. It’s all about making sure our children in Gloucestershire have the facilities they need at school and there are some great improvements being made. We’re very busy now finalising the remaining budget allocation which we look forward to sharing soon.”