A massive government fund created to help upgrade and remove asbestos from buildings has now been distributed across schools and a cathedral in the south.
To mark the centenary of the start of the First World War, a government survey was issued and several establishments were selected to receive grants. Winchester Cathedral has been given £500,000, which will provide new lighting and wiring, while ten schools and colleges in Hampshire will receive around £250,000 each for small-scale repairs.
Other than the removal of asbestos, the grants will fund roof upgrades, improved classroom, toilet and kitchen facilities, and new fencing and heating systems, dailyecho.co.uk reports.
The schools being awarded grants include five in Southampton: Monkton Infants’ School, Richard Taunton Sixth Form College, St Anne’s Catholic School, Ludlow Infant Academy, and Hook-with-Warsash Church of England Primary School.
Other schools in Hampshire include:
Priestlands School, Lymington
St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, Fareham
Cams Hill School, Fareham
Bay House School, Gosport
St Columba Church of England Primary Academy, Fareham
David Laws, the Liberal Democrat schools minister, said: “This will help to ensure that children across the country can enjoy school and sixth-form college buildings, which are safe, good quality and fit for learning.
“We know that being taught in school buildings in poor condition can have an adverse effect.”
Millions of pounds were also given to schools in Dorset, bournemouthecho.co.uk notes. These include:
Harewood College, Pokesdown
Community Primary School
St James’ Church of England Primary School
Corfe Hills School, Poole Grammar School
St Michael’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Middle School
Wey Valley School
St Mary’s Academy
Dunbury Church of England Academy