Derbyshire schools get £1.9 million building boost funding

More than 50 Derbyshire schools are set to benefit from building improvements thanks to a £1.9 million Derbyshire County Council funding initiative.

Monday, 14th September 2020, 12:55 pm
Updated Monday, 14th September 2020, 12:56 pm
Anthony Gell School is among those receiving funding

The council’s cabinet approved proposals to provide 57 primary and secondary schools from across the county, including Anthony Gell School, Brassington Primary School, Crich C of E Infant School, Cromford C of E Primary School, Highfields School, Wirksworth C of E Infant School and Wirksworth Junior School, with funding for maintenance projects costing between £20,000 and £100,000.

The funding has been made available by the Insurance Maintenance Pool (IMP) for 2020-21 – a building maintenance scheme that generates funding from schools which sign-up to carry out repairs and improvements – the majority of which the council match-funds.

The improvement budget totals at £1,983,500 with £1,305,500 generated from IMP funding and £678,000 match-funded from the council’s children’s services capital budget. It will fund projects including new roofing, boilers, heating systems, new walls, doors and window replacements.

Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, Coun Alex Dale said: “The IMP joint-funding programme helps schools carry out important repairs and we are pleased that more schools will benefit this year.

"This funding reinforces our commitment to helping schools achieve their plans, prevent the need for costly repairs in the future and helps ensure that every child has the best start in life.”