Schools get a funding boost

Schools are set to get a cash boost to carry out vital repairs and improvements.

Middleton by Wirksworth Community Primary School is to get a £210,000 grant to replace a classroom with a new modular building while Crich Junior School and Tansley Primary are both get grants of £110,000.

Re-roofing will take place at Crich while re-wring will be carried out at Tansley.

The money is part of a £19.919 million package to improve schools across the county by Derbyshire County Council.

It will also see a £350,000 contribution to a housing development at Darley Dale Primary School.

The plans have been opposed by residents who fear the scheme will lead to traffic congestion and be out-of-keeping for the area but councillors say the project will give children the best possible learning environment and provide a site suitable for the modern curriculum.

Bruce Buckley, the council’s strategic director for children and younger adults, said: “We have given priority to those buildings that are in the worst condition or where improvements are needed for health and safety reasons.”