Hertfordshire schools to benefit from funding boost...
(11th June 2012)
Seven Hertfordshire schools have successfully bid for government funds to improve their buildings - the highest success rate in the eastern region.
The schools to benefit from the Priority School Building Programme are:
• Bishops Hatfield Girls School
• Garston Manor School
• Goffs School
• Kings Langley School
• Longdean School
• The Highfield School
• Westfield Community Technology College
It is likely that these schools will get a significant rebuild through the programme, which is expected to be spread over about five years.
Frances Button, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "I am delighted that several of Hertfordshire's school buildings most in need of investment have secured the funds they need to improve their facilities. I am especially pleased that all our schools that submitted applications have been successful, as we know this is not the case everywhere in the country.
“This is great news for the thousands of students who attend these schools and all the teaching staff, who will soon enjoy greatly improved buildings. And of course the county council’s own large programme of maintenance work to schools will continue to help those schools which are not part of this programme.”
Of the 587 schools that applied nationally, 261 have secured funding. The Department for Education has advised that schools who missed out this time round will be considered during the next spending review period.