Malbank School, first choice admissions - pic by Stephen Craven, under creative commons licence

Schools in and around Nantwich will benefit from an extra £1 million buildings grant awarded to Cheshire East Council.

Nineteen schools and children centres have been successful in securing extra funding, including Millfields Primary, Audlem St James, Malbank High and Nantwich and Rural Children’s Centre.

The grants aim to improve the quality of buildings and promote better learning environments for youngsters.

Schools were encouraged to draw on their own school funds to supplement the grant.

Millfields has been awarded almost £100,000 to create additional intervention/group room space, while Audlem St James will receive £106,000 for improving accessibility.

Malbank High was awarded £37,725 to carry out essential work replacing asbestos-containing fire doors.

Other successful schemes include Goostrey Primary, which will build a new music room through the grant.

In previous schemes, schools created new learning spaces, improved accessibility for disabled learners, and provided new specialist surroundings to enhance the curriculum.

Cllr George Hayes, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families, said: “We all want the best learning environments for our children to achieve and develop to their full potential and this scheme illustrates how best to maximise the capital resources available to achieve that.

“I look forward to visiting schools after the summer break to see these new resources in place and to see learners and staff benefiting from this investment.

“The future of school improvement has to be through highly effective collaboration and this programme illustrates how school leaders, governors and local authority teams can successfully combine their skills and resources to really make a difference for young people.”

Lyndsey Atkins, headteacher at Goostrey Community Primary School, said: “We are delighted to be having a music room built.

“It will enable our music specialists to facilitate greater learning opportunities, allowing pupils to develop their talents and skills in a dedicated space.

“We are looking forward to using it next term and seeing the many benefits it will undoubtedly bring.”

(Pic: Malbank School – by Stephen Craven, under creative commons licence)

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