Thousands of Calderdale pupils are set to see their schools transform, after the Government announced the next phase of its 10-year School Rebuilding Programme. Eleven Calderdale schools will be rebuilt or refurbished, bringing benefits including more modern classrooms, new sports halls and dining rooms and better energy efficiency.
The aim of the programme is to address school buildings in the worst condition across England. As part of the latest round of the programme, Calderdale will have 11 of the 239 improved school buildings across the country. They join the 161 rebuilding projects that the Government announced previously.
Cllr Adam Wilkinson, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, said:
“It’s a major achievement for Calderdale to get the go ahead for 11 school transformations, which will see massive investment coming into our schools. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard on the applications.
“This will complement the existing levels of investment being seen across the borough to help make life better for all as part of the Vision 2024 for Calderdale.
“We want our children and young people to have the best possible education and start in life, and high-quality learning environments are key to this. Rebuilding or refurbishing 11 schools in Calderdale will help reduce inequalities by giving more pupils access to good learning environments at the heart of their communities, helping them to achieve their potential.
“The School Rebuilding Programme will also help us on our way to becoming a zero-carbon place as we continue to tackle the climate emergency, building on the great climate action work that’s already being done throughout Calderdale.”
The Calderdale schools that will be transformed under the School Rebuilding Programme, to ensure they are fit for the future, are:
- Central Street Infant and Nursery School, Hebden Bridge
- Cross Lane Primary and Nursery School, Elland
- Riverside Junior School, Hebden Bridge
- Shade Primary School, Todmorden
- Stubbings Infant School, Hebden Bridge
- The Brooksbank School, Elland
- The Calder Learning Trust, Mytholmroyd
- Todmorden CE J, I & N School
- Todmorden High School
- Walsden St Peter’s CE (VC) Primary School
- Woodhouse Primary School, Brighouse
The first schools from the 239 announced in December 2022 are expected to enter delivery between April 2023 and March 2024.