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Repairs for Preston and South Ribble schools set to be agreed by Lancashire County Council

Posted on - 7th April, 2022 - 10:34am | Author - | Posted in - Education, Politics, Preston News, Redevelopment
County Hall in Fishergate Pic: Tony Worrall
County Hall in Fishergate Pic: Tony Worrall

Work to improve the condition of schools across Lancashire, including Preston, Chorley and South Ribble is set to be agreed.

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Lancashire County Council receives a grant from the Department for Education (DfE) to fund the repairs and maintenance and although the amount has not been finalised, this year’s funding is expected to be more than £15m.

23 schools in Preston, Chorley and South Ribble have been added to a list of priority repairs, which is being put forward to be considered by the county council’s cabinet tonight (Thursday 7 April).

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Schools on the list include community and voluntary controlled schools, and those maintained by the county council.

Schools in the area on the list include:

  • Chorley Astley Park School
  • Chorley Mayfield Specialist School
  • Chorley Gillibrand Primary School
  • Leyland Wellfield High School
  • Leyland Balshaws CE High School
  • Leyland Methodist Infant School
  • Longton Primary School
  • Walton-Le-Dale High School
  • Clayton-Le-Woods Lancaster Lane Community Primary School
  • Hoghton Coupe Green Primary School
  • Clayton-Le-Woods Lancaster Lane Community Primary School
  • Penwortham Primary School
  • Higher Walton CE Primary School
  • Preston Grange Community Primary School
  • Ashton CP School
  • Fishwick Primary School
  • Ingol Community Primary School
  • Preston Brockholes Wood Community Primary School
  • Larches High School
  • Catforth CPS
  • Frenchwood Community Primary School
  • Goosnargh Whitechapel County Primary School
  • Pool House Community Primary School

Edwina Grant OBE, executive director for education and children’s services, said: “It is essential that school buildings are kept in good repair to ensure they remain a safe place for young people, teachers and the whole school community.

“We’ve looked at the amount of DfE funding we’re likely to receive and drawn up a list of schools that need priority repair work to ensure they can continue to operate safely with little risk of disruption to young people’s education.

“Protecting the environment is also a major consideration and repairs and maintenance work will contribute towards the reduction of CO2 levels where possible.

“Cabinet will consider the list at its next meeting and decide whether to approve the list that has been put forward.”

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