News that four Island schools are to receive substantial government grant for repairs and improvements have been welcomed by the Isle of Wight Council.
Carisbrooke College, Christ the King College, Oakfield CE Primary School and Ryde Academy will all receive capital funding from the Government’s £2billion Priority School Building Programme fund.
The bids for Carisbrooke College and Oakfield CE Primary were submitted on behalf of the schools by the Isle of Wight Council.
The improvement will add to the money already spent by the council – £37 million last year alone – in building new schools and improving others as part of the wider schools re-organisation programme. This major change from a three-tier to a two-tier education system in line with most of the UK – is designed to raise the attainment of island pupils.
Dawn Cousins, Isle of Wight Council cabinet member responsible for children’s services and education, said; “We welcome this decision by the government, and look forward to receiving more details. It is particularly pleasing that the Isle of Wight, as one of the smaller education authority areas, is set to benefit from money available to four of its schools – including three secondaries.
“This will make a big difference to the quality of education we are able to offer Island young people.
“This has been a team approach – the council working for Carisbrooke and Oakfield; AET for Ryde Academy; and the two dioceses for Christ the King. It shows how we have all been able to secure this investment for Island education.
“We look forward to working with the various education providers to deliver the highest quality improvements in facilities for Island pupils.
“The timing of this announcement is also very apt as it comes as building work on Cowes Enterprise College nears completion. The Cowes project shows how significant investment in our buildings can provide education.
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