Schools get £16m ‘shot in the arm’ in Derbyshire

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SCHOOLS in Chesterfield and north Derbyshire are set to benefit from a £16.7 million repairs scheme given the go ahead by the county council.

Work will begin this month on a variety of schemes to re-wire and re-roof schools and improve their heating systems.

More than £1m will be spent on replacing worn-out buildings, with a similar figure spent on site access schemes.

More than £5.5m has still be allocated by the council cabinet.

Cabinet member for education Coun Mike Longden said: “This funding is a real shot in the arm for schools in Derbyshire. While the funding we have doesn’t allow us to carry out all the schemes we would like it will still enable us to make a massive difference to the learning environment for thousands of pupils.”

Schools in the scheme include Anthony Gell School, Wirksworth; Ashgate Croft School, Chesterfield; Calow CE Primary; Christ Church CE Primary, Chesterfield; Grassmoor Primary School, Chesterfield; Holmesdale Infants, Dronfield; Lady Manners School, Bakewell; St Andrew’s CE Primary, Dronfield; Cavendish Juniors, Chesterfield; Eckington Juniors; Eckington School; Heath Primary, Chesterfield; Clowne Juniors and Woodthorpe CE Primary, Staveley.