Hempland Primary School benefits from School Rebuilding Programme
July 19, 2021
Thousands more pupils are set to benefit from new, modern, energy efficient school buildings as a further 50 schools are confirmed for the Prime Minister’s ten-year rebuilding programme, to level up opportunities for all.
Transforming education for thousands of pupils, the 50 projects announced today build on the existing programme bringing the total number of schools being upgraded to 100. The School Rebuilding Programme is due to deliver 500 rebuilding projects over the next decade, which will benefit tens of thousands of pupils over their lifetime.
The schools included in this round include primary, secondary and special and alternative provision schools, with more than 60 per cent of the schools in the North and Midlands.
The rebuilds and refurbishments will create modern education environments, providing new facilities from classrooms and science labs, to sports halls and dining rooms. The new school buildings will also be net-zero carbon in operation, helping meet the Government’s net zero target.
The Government is also today confirming another core funding boost for schools through the National Funding Formula. Every pupil is set to benefit from the largest funding increase in a decade as part of £14.4bn funding increase, first announced in 2019.
Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson said:
“The environment children are taught in makes such an enormous difference to their education.
“This programme will give thousands more young people the chance to learn in world class school facilities, levelling up opportunity and making sure every young person has the chance to succeed, progress and fulfil their potential.
“As we build back better after the pandemic, with buildings that are net-zero in operation, this major ten-year rebuilding programme will help to shape the education of not only children now, but for years to come.”
Julian Sturdy said:
“It is great to see Hempland Primary School benefit from the new School Rebuilding Programme and I will encourage all local schools to consider applying for the next round of funding.
Our children’s education is so important and in the coming years we will be confronting new challenges from the impact of the disruption to teaching during the pandemic – despite the incredible efforts by teachers.
I have long campaigned for improvements to education in York Outer. In the last few years, local schools have been awarded an average funding increase of 6% alongside a 7.5% in the Special Needs budget. York also was chosen as the location of one of the country’s first Institutes of Technology offering school leavers a different educational route to equip them for skilled jobs.
I will continue to campaign for local schools and students to ensure our children have the best education possible.”