North Yorkshire to spend millions on schools upgrade

North Yorkshire will spend millions on improving the county’s schools this year after the county council’s executive approved the school’s capital programme today.

County Hall

The decision means that North Yorkshire schools will invest over £13 million this year in upgrading and modernising facilities for learning as well as improving the fabric of school buildings and keeping them safe and fit-for-purpose. 

In addition over £600,000 has been allocated through the Government’s Healthy Pupils Capital Funding to improve facilities to encourage physical activities for North Yorkshire children.

The funding has come through the government’s allocation of both School Condition Grant and the capital grant for Voluntary Aided schools which are for maintenance, improvements and new build. Overall about 110 schools spread across the county will benefit from some investment this year.

“Today’s approval for the capital programme means we can press ahead with many necessary improvements and repairs to the fabric of our school buildings,” said Cllr Patrick Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Schools.

“North Yorkshire retains responsibility for almost 280 schools, many more than most authorities.  We cannot therefore address all issues, but we work closely with our schools on their buildings and facilities so they can get on with the business of delivering a top quality 21st century school curriculum.”

This story was published 30 May 2018