Kemi Badenoch, the Member of Parliament for Saffron Walden has welcomed the announcement that .
Chelmer Valley High School, Great Chesterford Church of England Primary Academy and Roxwell Church of England Primary School have been allocated a share of £560 million Government investment, to expand classrooms, upgrade facilities and improve the education of children across the whole country. This funding will ensure our local schools have well-maintained facilities to provide students with safe environments that support a high-quality education.
This funding comes from the £560 million announced by the Prime Minister last month as part of his New Deal for Britain, to help the nation bounce back from coronavirus by investing in infrastructure and skills and creating jobs. It 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) which benefitted Joyce Frankland Academy in Newport.
Schools across the constituency have played their part in responding to coronavirus, ensuring their doors remained open for the children of essential workers –who have kept the NHS, public services and local economy going throughout this crisis.
Investing in schools and education was a key promise made by the Conservative Government during last year’s General Election. The £2 billion allocated to improve our schools this year is on top of a £14 billion 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.
Commenting, Mrs Badenoch said: “Coronavirus has taken a toll on us all, not least our children, who have been kept from their friends, their teachers and their schools.
“As we exit lockdown, we must focus on getting children back to school–and ensure that schools have the facilities and classrooms they need to support the high-quality education our children deserve.
“I am pleased Chelmer Valley High School, Great Chesterford Church of England Primary Academy and Roxwell Church of England Primary School in our constituency are benefitting from this will funding. It will help ensure pupils have modern environments which will promote the very best possible schools and education, enabling them to gain all the knowledge and skills they need for success.”