York schools to get a share of £2.4bn

York Press: York schools to get a share of £2.4bn York schools to get a share of £2.4bn

TWO primary schools in York are to benefit from Government cash aimed at rebuilding schools that are in the worst condition in England.

Carr Infants in Acomb and Lord Deramore’s in Heslington will get their share of a £2.4 billion fund.

Called the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP), the scheme will help to rebuild 261 of the schools in the country that are in a bad state of repair, the Government has announced.

The news follows City of York Council bids to the Department of Education to build a new school on the same site at Carr Infants and to rebuild or significantly refurbish Lord Deramore’s.

Schools Minister David Laws said: “PSBP is making great strides in ensuring that vital building work takes place at some of the schools in the worst state across the country. “It is providing much better value for money than previous school building schemes, and forms part of the Government’s drive to deliver the best schools for young people in order to help deliver both a stronger economy and a fairer society.”

Lord Deramore’s head teacher, Sheena Powley, said she was delighted at the news and hoped to see two new schools built in the city in 2015.

Coun Janet Looker, cabinet member for education, said: “These awards are as a result of bids we made for the first phase of the Educations Funding Agency’s (EFA) building programme.

“We’re delighted with our success and the improved learning spaces which pupils at Lord Deramore’s Primary and Carr Infant School will benefit from.

“Both building projects will be wholly funded and managed by the EFA – the council will only be required to secure planning permission – and the agency is in discussions with the schools and City of York Council to finalise details.”

The precise details on how much the schools will receive and how much they will cost to build have yet to be announced.

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