Harrogate school gets share of fund for rebuilding

County Hall, the cenre of North Yorkshire County Council's campus in Northallerton.
County Hall, the cenre of North Yorkshire County Council's campus in Northallerton.

A Harrogate primary school is set to benefit from a programme for replacement buildings.

Willow Tree primary is one of two schools from North Yorkshire to have been included in the government’s £2bn priority schools building programme.

However, the authority had actually bid for eight replacement schools.

Also, over the next three years North Yorkshire schools will have £51m to invest to improve the condition of their buildings.

The cash has come through a number of government allocations for maintenance, improvements and new construction.

Executive member for schools Coun Arthur Barker (Con) said: “North Yorkshire is responsible for some 350 schools, many of them small and with aging buildings.

“Overall we are very pleased to get this additional funding for maintaining and improving the physical condition of our schools.

“We have a rising backlog of building maintenance and this funding is not going to address all of that, but it will go a long way to helping our schools continue to be fit for purpose to deliver a 21st century school curriculum.”

North Yorkshire’s capital allocation for maintenance and improvements this year amounts to £13.2m - £2m more than last year.

Including the money that is devolved directly to schools, this figure amount to just over £17m, with a similar indicative amount for the following two years.

The authority has also received additional capital funding of nearly £600,000 to support the delivery of universal infant free school meals.

In a separate announcement, the council was also allocated a further £1m for the provision of additional school places in 2017/18 supporting an allocation of £40m announced last year.