West Suffolk schools achieve piece of £6 million Government fund to improve schools

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A number of schools in West Suffolk have been successful in their bids for a slice of £6 millon of Government funding to rebuild and improve the country’s schools.

Mildenhall College Academy, Stowmarket High School and Norwich Road Academy, in Thetford, are among 277 schools across the country who will gain from a £2 billion investment in the second phase of the Government’s flagship Priority School Building Programme (PSBP).

They were among 39 schools across the East of England, including Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill, which were also successful in their bids.

The Government also published details today about the allocation of £4 billion between 2015 and 2018 to schools, local authorities, academy trusts, and voluntary-aided partnerships to help make improvements across the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “It is crucial that we invest properly in education, so that every child has a fair start in life.

“Thousands of pupils will benefit from better, brighter, warmer classrooms thanks to this funding. Children can’t learn and teachers can’t teach in schools that are cold and have leaking roofs.

“To create a stronger economy we have to invest in a fairer society so that our young people can be successful in the future.”

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said: “As part of our long term economic plan, we have continued to invest in school buildings which will ensure we can deliver even more great new schools, transform the learning environment for tens of thousands of pupils and their teachers whilst delivering value for money for the taxpayer.

“We’re also making sure, for the first time, that every local area can benefit from funding more certainty, so that local councils, academy trusts and voluntary-aided partnerships can plan ahead and make the right investment decisions that will deliver the best possible value for their schools.

“This announcement is a major step towards ensuring all children no matter what their background and no matter where they live have access to the best possible schools and learn in an environment that gives them the knowledge and skills to succeed in the global race.”