Kirklees Council is set to invest more than £4.2 million into Kirklees schools. Around 30 schools will benefit from the investment. However, first, the Kirklees Cabinet will approve the investment on 13 April.
Improving the borough’s schools
The council will invest the money in improving schools around the district. The funding will go towards a wide range of facilities. This includes new roofs, electrical equipment, heating and lighting systems. Additionally, there will be improvements to schools’ accessibility, which will provide better facilities for children with disabilities.
Around £3 million of the proposed Investment will go towards specific projects. The other £1.2 million will go towards other projects over the coming months
“Fulfil their potential”
Mel Meggs, Strategic Director for Children’s Services, said: “The proposals are about improving outcomes for our children and young people by providing access to high-quality facilities.
“The Investment would enable learning to be delivered in warm and secure environments so that pupils have the best opportunities to fulfil their potential.
“Kirklees schools do fantastic work in providing high standards of care and education. Upgrading facilities across the district is just one of the ways we are supporting their efforts.
“Many of the works would take place during school holiday periods – so that the impact is minimised for staff, children and families – and make a real difference for thousands of current and future pupils.”
Kirklees’s carbon footprint
David Shepherd, Strategic Director for Growth and Regeneration, said: “Investment in improving school buildings is a vital part of our vision for Kirklees.
“The proposed works would reduce the Kirklees carbon footprint and further enhance the council’s Climate Emergency work, increasing our use of sustainable technology and cutting energy usage.
“It would be a huge undertaking to complete projects in so many different buildings during the six-week summer break, but that’s our commitment.
“We want all school buildings to provide excellent, clean and green facilities for all those who use them, now and in the future.”