More schools to benefit from cash programme

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WEST Sussex County Council has given more details of the schools that will benefit from a £9.5 million capital programme for 2011/12 announced last Friday (May 13).

The money will pay for a series of new building projects or badly needed maintenance schemes such as heating, roof or window replacement schemes.

Peter Griffiths, West Sussex Cabinet Member for Education and Schools has already confirmed that capital funding during the current financial year will include new classrooms at St Mary’s Primary, Pulborough.

In addition, a priority scheme that will now take place is the second phase of providing new buildings at Langley Green Primary School in Crawley.

The £4.5 million scheme to replace the Key Stage 2 accommodation together with a nursery, staff room, library and halls, had to be deferred in 2010 because of the poor funding settlement at the time from central Government.

The capital programme will also include work from July 2012 at the Newick House site in Burgess Hill for Key stage 4 and 5 students as part of the Woodlands Meed School , Mid Sussex Special Schools, project.

Today, Peter confirmed that £1.3 million is being made available to help pay for a new sports hall, changing rooms and storage facilities at the Imberhorne School, East Grinstead. The school will be raising money towards the project.

He said: “The school is the only secondary in West Sussex without a sports hall, so this will be another very welcome project.”

Schools that will benefit from maintenance schemes such as heating, windows and roofing are:

Manhood

Sidlesham Primary

East Wittering Primary

Seal Primary

Jessie Younghusband

The Weald

Loxwood Primary

Forest School

Holy Trinity, Lower Beeding

Queen Elizabeth II special school

Heron Way Primary

Hilltop Primary

Seymour Primary

Gossops Green Primary

Three Bridges Junior

Southgate Primary

Sackville

Halsford Park

Baldwins Hill Primary

Aldingbourne Primary

Yapton Primary

Westergate

Rose Green Junior

Rydon

Storrington First

Thakeham First

Palatine

Vale First & Middle

Upper Beeding

Sompting Village Primary

Jolesfield Primary

Shoreham Beach Primary

Glebe Primary

Oathall

Greenway Primary

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Mr Griffiths said: “I am delighted that West Sussex schools have benefited from additional capital funding this year from the Coalition Government, which has quite rightly asked to us focus on the most urgent building condition issues - investing in the basics like heating systems, replacement roofs and windows.

“This will also to help schools reduce running costs and become more sustainable, and that has to be the highest priority in these difficult times.

“We will also strive to ensure that these very welcome improvement schemes are carried out with the least possible disruption to learning.”