£11m to be spent on improving school buildings across Scunthorpe district
AN £11 MILLION cash pot will be spent by North Lincolnshire Council on expanding and improving school buildings in the region.
The money, which is in the council's budget for the 2013/14 year, will be split between 13 schools to expand sites and replace temporary classrooms.
It represents a £2 million increase on the amount spent in 2012/13 and the council has vowed to keep investing in improving schools.
Among the commitments announced by the council is a £2 million investment on the amalgamation of Broughton Infant School and Broughton Junior School.
It would see students and staff moving to a single, extended site from the two separate schools, which are already federated.
Peter Hargrave, executive head teacher at bothBroughton schools, said: "For me, having been head teacher here for 26 years, it is a really exciting opportunity.
"To bring both schools together on one site, in a marvellous 20th century school, will be fantastic.
"There will be better technology in school for the kids and it will be great for Broughton as a town.
"For a local authority to have this funding, in such difficult times, is a great opportunity.
"I think the children will be really excited.
"For me, as an educationalist, having the kids on one site will bring young and old children together to work, play and learn, giving them a broader education. This won't change how the school is run.
"The amalgamation is just a physical movement of where the students and staff are because the schools are already federated."
The majority of the cash will be spent on the amalgamation of infant and junior schools.
This includes Priory Lane Infant and Junior Schools, in Scunthorpe, where a £3 million investment will see pupils and staff move to a single, extended site.
There will also be £3 million spent on the ongoing amalgamation of Willoughby Road Primary School, in Scunthorpe. It was previously Riddings Infant and Junior schools.
The school building projects will also see a £1 million extension at Bowmandale Primary School in Barton.
This will incorporate a new school hall and classrooms.
Councillor Rob Waltham, the North Lincolnshire Council cabinet member responsible for schools, said: "We have increased spending on school buildings since 2011.
"We are constantly working with schools to ensure there is the best possible environment for our area's children to be educated in.
"This money is in addition to the multi-million pound Government programme, which will see some large-scale investments in several other schools through North Lincolnshire."
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