Mark has welcomed the announcement that two schools in Newport and Shifnal will benefit from a £560 million government scheme to refurbish school facilities.
Newport Girls' High School Academy and Idsall School in Shifnal will share a total grant of £788,295.
The £560 million grant scheme is in addition to the £1.4 billion of capital funding for 2020-21 already announced in April and is provided through the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF).
Investing in schools and education was a key promise made by the Conservative Party during last year’s General Election campaign. The £2 billion allocated to improve schools this year is on top of a £14 billion cash injection into the school system over the next three years - recognising the additional work schools will need to do to help students to catch up after the Covid-19 outbreak.
Commenting, Mark Pritchard MP said:
“I am delighted that Newport Girls' High School Academy and Idsall School have received this major new investment. These funds will ensure that local children have modern environments in which to learn and to gain the skills they need for success.”
Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson said:
“Investing in our school and college buildings helps create modern environments that lend themselves to great teaching, making sure every child has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. We have worked at great speed to release this additional £560m of condition funding to schools for projects this year to kick-start the economy and get the country moving again following coronavirus. This funding brings the total allocated to improve the condition of our school buildings to £2 billion this year, and paves the way for our new transformative ten-year school building programme starting later this year with over £1 billion funding for the first wave of 50 schools.”