Church schools benefit from million pound investment

The Diocese of Carlisle has secured investment of more than a million pounds to fund building work and repairs in church schools across Cumbria.

Fourteen Voluntary Aided schools will benefit from a share of the £1,021,077 awarded to the Diocese from the Education Funding Agency (EFA).

The largest investment will be at St Herbert’s C of E Primary and Nursery School in Keswick with £150,000 awarded to the first phase of work to renew flat roofs.

Elsewhere, Wiggonby C of E Primary near Wigton has been allocated £124,000 towards an extension of teaching space for the reception class and the creation of a staffroom and group resource area.

Michael Mill, Diocesan Director of Education, Children and Young People said: “Year on year budgets are becoming tighter so we welcome this EFA funding.

“It enables improvements to be made to our school buildings, which in turn are of real benefit to our pupils and teaching staff.

“Through detailed discussions as a Diocese, and partnership with the Local Authority, we have worked hard to make sure that as many schools as possible have benefited.”

Other planned works at the schools include renewal of roofs and windows, improvement to playgrounds and refurbishment of toilet facilities.

Just under £200,000 of that will be drawn down from the 2016/17 Local Co-ordinated Voluntary Aided Programme, to enable completion of the work.

The individual schools will also contribute funding to the projects from their own specific allocated funds for capital programmes.

Mr Mill added: “By investing in our school buildings we are investing in the long term education of our children. The EFA funding available is an important and very welcome boost towards this goal.”

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Notes to editors

The following Church of England schools will benefit from the Education Funding Agency investment:-
Ambleside - Renewal of windows, infant classrooms (£44,069)
Blackford - Refurbishment of pitched roof (£52,000)
Crosscrake - Renewal of slate roof (£50,000)
Dent - Electrical and lighting health and safety work (£60,009)
Langdale - Additional space to provide dining/classroom and remodel (£114,739)
Orton - Refurbishment of Junior toilets (£18,522)
St. Herbert’s, Keswick – Phase One renewal of one flat roof area (£150,000)
St. Martin & St. Mary, Windermere - Replacement windows – Junior School (£30,000)
St. Matthew’s, Westnewton, Wigton - Adaptations to create additional reception teaching space (£63,360)
St. Thomas’s, Kendal - Disabled toilet refurbishment and replacement hall windows & doors (£55,097)
Stainton - Phase Two electrical and fire detection works (£95,000)
The Bishop Harvey Goodwin, Carlisle - Health & Safety work to playground surface (£60,000)
Warcop - Resources Area Extension and internal improvements (£104,280)
Wiggonby - Extension to teaching space reception class and create staffroom & group resource area (£124,000)

A Voluntary Aided School is a state-funded school in which the buildings are owned by a trust or foundation, which contributes to building costs and has influence in the running of the school.

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For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager, on 07469 153658, 01228 815401 or at communications@carlislediocese.org.uk.