Cab item - schools cap programme report

Schools repair programme to be agreed

The next stage of repair and maintenance work to improve the condition of school buildings across Lancashire is set to be agreed.

Lancashire County Council receives a grant from the Department for Education (DfE) to fund this work. Although the amount has not been finalised, this year's funding is expected to be more than £15m.

A list of priority repairs to 88 schools is being put forward to be considered by the county council's cabinet on Thursday 7 April.

The list includes community and voluntary controlled schools, and those maintained by the county council.

Burnley Whittlefield Primary School, Kirkham Carr Hill High School, Colne Newtown Nursery School, Preston Grange Community Primary School, Up Holland Crawford Village Primary School and Lancaster Ryelands Primary School are some schools included in the programme.

Work to be funded ranges from roof repairs and rewiring, to heating system replacement and installation of new doors and windows. If approved, the work will take place in 2022 and 2023.

Edwina Grant OBE, executive director for education and children's services, said: "It is essential that school buildings are kept in good repair to ensure they remain a safe place for young people, teachers and the whole school community.

"We've looked at the amount of DfE funding we're likely to receive and drawn up a list of schools that need priority repair work to ensure they can continue to operate safely with little risk of disruption to young people's education.

"Protecting the environment is also a major consideration and repairs and maintenance work will contribute towards reduction of CO2 levels where possible.

"Cabinet will consider the list at its next meeting and decide whether to approve the list that has been put forward."

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Notes to editors

Details of the repair work cannot be revealed as the items fall under Part II of the cabinet agenda, with detail being restricted for commercially sensitive reasons.

However, please contact the county council's media team at this email address to check which schools are covered by the programme in your area.