News Release: Alex Burghart MP Welcomes Funding for School Facilities in Brentwood and Ongar

Schools in Brentwood and Ongar are due to benefit from funding to improve school facilities. Six primary, secondary and special schools have been allocated a share of the Government’s £434 million investment to expand classrooms, upgrade facilities and improve the education of children across the whole country.

This funding will ensure schools have well-maintained facilities to provide students with safe environments that support a high-quality education.  It is part of the £1.4 billion of capital funding for 2020-21 announced in April and is provided through the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF).

Alex said: “Coronavirus has taken a toll on us all, not least our children, who have been kept from their friends, their teachers and their schools. I’ve visited all but two of our local schools since 2017 and I know what an impact this enforced time away from school is having on everyone.

“As we exit lockdown we must focus on getting children back to school – and ensure that schools have the facilities and classrooms they need to support the high-quality education their pupils deserve. “This funding will help ensure all children have the very best possible schools and education, enabling them to gain all the knowledge and skills they need for success.” 

Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson added:  “My number-one focus will always be to make sure every student has access to excellent education and training. Replacing and upgrading poor condition school and college buildings with modern, energy efficient designs will give our students and teachers the environment they deserve, and support them to maximise their potential.

“As we look forward to this September and all children returning to school, we can be assured that for years to come this country’s education system will drive opportunity and prosperity for all.”

The Prime Minister has also announced a new transformative 10-year school rebuilding programme. This will be kick-started with over £1 billion for the first 50 projects in 2020-21. As we bounce back from the pandemic, it’s important we lay the foundations for a country where everyone has the opportunity to succeed, with our younger generations front and centre of this mission.

Schools across the country have played their part in responding to coronavirus, ensuring their doors remained open for the children of essential workers – who have kept the NHS, public services and economy going throughout this crisis. The £1 billion package is on top of the £14 billion three-year funding settlement announced last year - recognising the additional work schools will need to do to help students to catch up. ENDS

For more information please contact alex.burghart.mp@parliament.uk

Notes to Editors

  • Delivering almost half a billion-pound improvement package to over a thousand schools across the country (Hansard, Written statement - HCWS319, 29 June 2020, link).
    • Providing over £430 million to schools across the country through the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF). The 2020-21 CIF funding allocation totalling £434 million will be used by schools across the country to improve school facilities and continue to raise standards in schools.
    • This funding will help improve over 1,243 schools across the country. The Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) will fund 1,476 projects across 1,243 eligible academies, sixth form colleges and voluntary aided schools across England (Hansard, Written statement - HCWS319, 29 June 2020, link).
  • The Prime Minister announced a transformative ten-year school rebuilding programme, starting with over £1 billion for the first 50 schools. The programme will start in 2020-21 with the first 50 projects. Further details of the new, multi-wave ten-year construction programme will be set out at the next Spending Review (Prime Minister’s Office, Press Release, 29 June 2020, link).

Brentwood and Ongar

St Helen's Catholic Junior School - Year 6 Block Structural Remedial Works

Hutton All Saints' Church of England Primary School - Defective and non-compliant emergency lighting renewal to teaching areas

Anglo European School -  Fire Alarm & Emergency Lighting

Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School - Heating Improvement Works

Grove House School - Flat Roofing and Associated Remedial Works

Mountnessing Church of England Primary School - Window Replacement & Associated Works

The Endeavour Co-Operative Academy - Window Replacement Works