Schools win cash for improvements

TWO Castleford primary schools are in line for major improvements following a government announcement last week.

Redhill Infant and Redhill Junior Schools, on Queens Park Drive, have been included in the Priority School Building Programme, along with more than 250 others around the country – and Wakefield Council hopes the ageing buildings will be completely replaced.

The council’s bid to the government was based on a £6m budget to rebuild the schools, although it will not learn how much money it has been awarded until next month.

Coun Olivia Rowley, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for children and young families, said: “This is excellent news for these schools.

“Obviously, it does not represent the much bigger schools programme we had hoped for under Building Schools for the Future, but it does mean that two of the schools in the district whose buildings are in urgent need of repair will be rebuilt and the children attending these schools will benefit by having lessons in a much better environment.

“I am very pleased that two of our schools have been included and look forward to the work on rebuilding starting as soon as possible.”

Almost 600 bids were received by the government for the programme, which is focused on repair and refurbishment of schools in the greatest need, as well as meeting the demand for additional school places in some areas.

A Wakefield Council spokesman added that whether the schools would be replaced completely or the existing buildings refurbished would not be decided until the level of government funding was known.

Work is due to be completed by 2014.