Local schools win upgrade cash

Schools in Wadebridge, St Merryn, Bodmin, Launceston and Altarnun will receive a share of a £370 million school buildings fund, Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws MP has announced today.

Good school buildings are vital to making sure that more children and young people in Cornwall receive a first class education.  Six schools in North Cornwall will receive money from the Condition Improvement Fund to improve buildings and facilities.

The schools are:

  • Wadebridge Primary Academy, for fire alarm systems and roofing
  • Wadebridge School, to improve Design and Technology, Drama, Art and Science classrooms
  • St Merryn School, to improve the condition of school buildings
  • St Petroc’s C of E Primary School, Bodmin, for a new kitchen
  • Launceston College, to repair roofing
  • Altarnun Community Primary School, for security and fencing improvements

The announcement follows representations made by Dan Rogerson MP who has been campaigning for funding to improve local school buildings.

Dan Rogerson said:

“This money is welcome news for children, parents and teachers in North Cornwall – I am pleased that Lib Dem Schools Minister David Laws has listened to the case that has been made by local schools for upgrade funding.

“It is much harder for teachers to teach and for children to learn when they are stuck in school buildings that aren’t up to scratch. I am also continuing to campaign for a fair national funding formula to make sure that Cornwall’s schools are funded properly, and to fight against unfair Conservative plans to starve our local schools of investment in the future.”

The Conservative Party’s spending plans based on public spending cuts alone would mean dramatic cuts to school maintenance and improvement in the future.  The Conservatives have set out proposals to divert up to £5billion from school capital budgets – cuts that would leave many more children in Cornwall stuck in unsuitable school buildings.

Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws MP said:

“I am delighted to be announcing this funding for schools in North Cornwall, fought for and delivered by Liberal Democrats in government. We want to carry on investing in our school buildings to give every child the best possible start in life. This is in contrast to Conservative spending plans would mean huge cuts for schools – ripping apart the coalition’s efforts to improve school buildings.”

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