Two Sheffield primary schools celebrate building improvement cash

Walkley Primary School, acting head Sally Clegg celebrates with senior colleagues Val Sian and Chris Wallis and pupils Rhys and Emma Holmes, Eloise Boyce, Robert Wood and Hussain and Abdalsalam Alyazeedi
Walkley Primary School, acting head Sally Clegg celebrates with senior colleagues Val Sian and Chris Wallis and pupils Rhys and Emma Holmes, Eloise Boyce, Robert Wood and Hussain and Abdalsalam Alyazeedi
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Two Sheffield primary schools which are among those in the worst condition in England are set to be improved after receiving a major cash boost.

Walkley Primary, in Walkley and Byron Wood Primary, in Burngreave are among 22 schools in Yorkshire and 277 across England which will be rebuilt or refurbished in the second phase of the Government’s Priority School Building Programme.

Walkley Primary School;

Walkley Primary School;

The initiative aims to help schools that are in urgent need of repair and more than 250 are already benefiting under the first phase of the programme.

A Sheffield Council spokesman said: “We submitted expressions of interest to the second phase of the Government’s Priority School Building Programme in July 2014.

“We are absolutely delighted that Byron Wood and Walkley primary schools have received confirmation they will be included in the programme.

“This is great news for both schools because they will now be able to receive the help they need to refurbish or redevelop their facilities, ensuring they continue to offer the best possible learning environments for pupils.”

No details were available about the work due to be carried out.

Studies on all schools which have been included in the programme will start in April to assess the detailed work required.

Experts will also look to see if there are any specific site issues and decide on the best method and timescale for delivery.

Announcing the £2billion programme, Deputy Prime Minister 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.”