Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws MP has today announced that Colston’s Girls’ School and Easton Church of England Academy in Bristol will receive a share of a £370m million school buildings fund.
Good school buildings are vital to making sure that more children and young people in Bristol receive a first class education. The local schools will receive money from the Condition Improvement Fund to carry out roof repairs.
The announcement follows representations made by Stephen Williams, MP for Bristol West and Minister for Communities, who has consistently fought for funding to improve local schools.
Colston’s Girls’ School is to receive £308,000 of funding, with £230,000 being awarded to Easton Church of England Academy.
Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws MP said:
“I am delighted to be announcing this funding for Colston’s Girls’ School and Easton Church of England Academy in Bristol, fought for and delivered by Liberal Democrats in government.
“Stephen Williams has been an outstanding campaigner for both of these schools, making a very clear case as to why these projects should be funded.
“We want to carry on investing in our school buildings to give every child the best possible start in life.”
Stephen Williams, MP for Bristol West, said:
“This money is absolutely fantastic news for children, parents and teachers in Bristol.
“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.
“Investing in Colston’s Girls’ School and Easton Church of England Academy will give more of our local young people the opportunity to get the first class education they deserve.”
The Coalition Government has today (Thursday 26th March) listed those schools that will receive funding from the Condition Improvement Fund, worth £367m in total.
The Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) replaces both the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund (ACMF) for academies and the Building Condition Improvement Fund (BCIF) for sixth-form colleges and brings together a single route for these institutions to apply for capital works.
Further details of the fund and the list of successful schools are available here: https://www.gov.uk/condition-improvement-fund.
The government has invested almost £18 billion in school buildings over the course of this Parliament. On Monday 9 February 2015 the government announced details of how over £6billion would be invested in schools across England, including:
- £2 billion for the second phase of the Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP) - which will see buildings in a further 277 schools rebuilt or refurbished, bringing the total to 537 schools to benefit over the life of the programme; and
- Details of how over £4 billion – including the £367 million allocated today through the CIF today - will be allocated between 2015 and 2018 to schools, local authorities, academy trusts, and voluntary-aided partnerships to help them improve the condition of schools across the country.
The Conservatives have announced manifesto plans to build 500 Free Schools, distributed across the country regardless of whether or not there is a need for new school places in that area. This will mean between £4 and £5bn will need to be redirected from existing school capital budgets – putting the kind of projects that have been announced today at risk.