Grant success for two Wilmslow schools

St Anne's Fulshaw CE Primary School and Wilmslow High School are among 19 schools and children centres in the Borough to benefit from a grant aimed at improving the environment in which children are educated.

Using a £1m capital grant allocation from the Department for Education, Cheshire East Council encouraged maintained schools to carefully consider their current building infrastructure and bid to the council for this funding.

In previous schemes, schools have targeted the remodelling of existing environments to create new learning spaces, improved accessibility for disabled learners, as well as providing new specialist surroundings to enhance the curriculum.

The grant funding can also be used to address repairs to existing defects as well as providing ongoing maintenance to keep buildings in good condition and schools have been encouraged to draw upon their own school funds to supplement this grant so that as many schools as possible can benefit.

St Anne's Fulshaw has succeeded in securing a grant of £11,749 to enable them to provide a safe entrance area to the school whilst Wilmslow High School has been allocated £97,464. This money will be used to create a secure outdoor dining space which is expected to cost £107,464.

Clare Daniel, Headteacher at St Anne's Fulshaw Primary School, said "We are delighted that our bid for capital funding has been successful this year. The funding will be used to refurbish the school's main entrance, providing a designated waiting area for visitors and guests, new flooring, lighting and an extra door into the main school to provide an additional layer of security.

"The work will all be internal and will not compromise the beautiful external appearance of the building. It will be completed during October half term."

Dr James Pulle, Headteacher at Wilmslow High School, said "We are delighted to have been allocated capital funding in the 2017-2018 programme to enhance our school environment through the creation of a secure outdoor dining area adjacent to our existing dining hall. We believe our students will appreciate having greater choice about where they sit to eat meals bought from Chartwells, our catering provider, and hope the tent-style design will prove an attractive addition to the built environment."

Councillor George Hayes, cabinet member for children and families said: "We all want the best learning environments for our children to achieve and develop to their full potential and this scheme illustrates how best to maximise the capital resources available to achieve that.

"I look forward to visiting schools after the summer break to see these new resources in place and to see learners and staff benefiting from this investment.

"This council is fully committed to providing sufficient school places and a variety of projects are underway.

"The future of school improvement has to be through highly effective collaboration and this programme illustrates how school leaders, governors and local authority teams can successfully combine their skills and resources to really make a difference for young people.''

The planning reference for Wilmslow High School's project is 17/3319M.

Cheshire East Council, St Annes Fulshaw, Wilmslow High School