Pupils at Orchard Lea Junior School will benefit from new, modern, energy efficient school buildings, as part of the Government’s School Rebuilding Programme.
The School Rebuilding Programme, which is due to deliver 500 rebuilding projects over the decade, carries out major refurbishment projects at schools and sixth form college buildings across England, with buildings prioritised according to their condition. Projects will range from replacing or refurbishing individual buildings through to whole school rebuilds.
Orchard Lea Junior School is among the 50 new schools selected this month, building upon the exiting programme to bring the total number of schools being upgraded to 100. The most advanced projects from the first round of the programme will begin construction in autumn 2021, while the majority of the confirmed projects are expected to be completed within three to five years.
The rebuilds and refurbishments will create modern education environments, providing new facilities from classrooms and science labs, to sports halls and dining rooms. The new school buildings will also be net-zero carbon in operation, helping meet the Government’s net zero target.
The Government is also today confirming another core funding boost for schools through the National Funding Formula. Every pupil is set to benefit from the largest funding increase in a decade as part of £14.4bn funding increase, first announced in 2019.
Commenting, Suella Braverman QC MP said:
“I am absolutely delighted to learn that Orchard Lea Junior School is set to benefit from the Government’s School Rebuilding Programme. I sincerely believe that the environment in which children are taught makes such an enormous difference to their education, and the children at Orchard Lea deserve the very best facilities in which to harness their potential. This funding will ensure that every pupil has the chance to succeed, not only now but for years to come.”
*Picture Taken Before the Pandemic*