Roof revamp is latest in £750,000 works

Horringer Court Middle School,'The school has received funding from the Government to improve its roof.
Horringer Court Middle School,'The school has received funding from the Government to improve its roof.
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A middle school is to replace its roof after the Government awarded £750,000 in funding to a chain of Bury St Edmunds academies for building works.

Horringer Court Middle, in Glastonbury Road, has received a ‘substantial amount’ from the Education Funding Agency to completely renovate its ageing roof.

It is the latest bout of funding to be given to schools in the all-through Bury Academy Trust over the last eight months.

County Upper School, in Beeton’s Way, revamped its sports hall with new equipment, ICT facilities, flooring and improved changing rooms after securing £160,000 last summer.

Meanwhile, Westley Middle, in Oliver Road, received its ashare before Christmas to replace all of its windows.

Vicky Neale, headteacher at County Upper, said the investment was a sign of Government support for the Academy Trust model.

She said: “The Government has made it very clear that it totally supports our Academy Trust and is delighted with the way it is working.

“To commit £750,000 to enhancing the buildings on all three sites is tangible evidence of that support and, at a time when capital funding for school buildings is so scarce, is a real investment in the future of the Trust and of the education of children in all our schools.”

County Upper is one of only four schools in the country to receive the new Government Quality Mark for PE and Sport with Distinction.

Tania Johnson, headteacher of Horinger Court Middle, hopes work will start on the roof over the summer holidays.

She said: “This building was built in the early 1970s and it’s the same roof.

“They don’t last that long and we’re constantly having to repair it, which costs quite a lot of money.

“It’s really a boost for the school because a new roof means our budget isn’t going to be continuously chipped away.

“We can spend it on more worthwhile things.”