Sheffield school is one of 22 in Yorkshire region to benefit from £2 billion funding pot

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Walkley Primary School in Sheffield is among 22 set to benefit from a £2 billion building programme.

The Government today announced that 22 schools in the Yorkshire region are among 277 across England which will be rebuilt or refurbished in the second phase of the Government’s Priority School Building Programme.

Some 260 schools are already benefiting under the first phase of the programme, including 36 across the Yorkshire region, bringing the total number of schools to receive a revamp to 537 and 58 across the region.

Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg said: “It is crucial that we invest properly in education, so that every child has a fair start in life.

“Thousands of pupils will benefit from better, brighter, warmer classrooms thanks to this funding.

“Children can’t learn and teachers can’t teach in schools that are cold and have leaking roofs.

“To create a stronger economy we have to invest in a fairer society so that our young people can be successful in the future.”

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said: “As part of our long term economic plan, we have continued to invest in school buildings which will ensure we can deliver even more great new schools, transform the learning environment for tens of thousands of pupils and their teachers whilst delivering value for money for the taxpayer.

“We’re also making sure, for the first time, that every local area can benefit from more funding certainty, so that local councils, academy trusts and voluntary-aided partnerships can plan ahead and make the right investment decisions that will deliver the best possible value for their schools.

“This announcement is a major step towards ensuring all children no matter what their background and no matter where they live have access to the best possible schools and learn in an environment that gives them the knowledge and skills to succeed in the global race.”

The Priority School Building Programme was established in 2011 to address the needs of those schools in the worst condition across the country.

The list of 260 schools involved in the first phase was announced in May 2012.

In May 2014 the Government announced a further £2 billion for the second phase of the programme.

The full list of all 22 schools set to benefit is to be published today.