Two of Richard’s North East Durham schools have been awarded millions of pounds (collectively) from the UK Government’s School Capital Fund. Lanchester EP Primary School and Leadgate Primary School now have a significant amount to level up their old buildings.

The School Capital Fund was designed to allocate funding each year to help maintain and improve the condition of school buildings and grounds. It is to be used on capital projects, particularly prioritising projects that improve school energy efficiency. Each school in the programme has been chosen based on the condition of its buildings, making sure the greatest improvements are delivered to schools that need them the most and maximising children’s chances to gain the skills and knowledge they need.

This year, two schools in Transport Minister’s Richard Holden MP’s North West Durham – Lanchester EP Primary School and Leadgate primary School. Excited at the good news, Mr Andrew Knighton, Deputy Headteacher at Lanchester EP Primary School, said:

“We are thrilled that we are going to receive much needed funding for our school buildings. This will have a significant impact on the children and the local community.

“It was great that our MP took the time to phone me personally yesterday to let us know the exciting news. He has clearly worked behind the scenes to help the children of Lanchester.

“The funding we have secured will allow us to bring the school into the 21st century and give us the building and environment that our children deserve.”

Richard Holden MP comments:

“I am ecstatic that my schools in North West Durham, so often overlooked over successive Labour Governments, has now received the funding they need.

That is why I welcome the news that they will benefit from the latest round of the School Rebuilding Programme, backed by £1.8 billion in 2022–23, to rebuild and refurbish 239 more schools across the country, including updating and modernising buildings by creating state of the art sports halls, music rooms, science labs, and dining areas.

“This investment will improve the experience of students across the country – helping them to learn, develop, and achieve their full potential.”

Commenting, Education Secretary Gillian Keegan said:

“Education is a top priority for this Government. That is why, despite facing challenging economic circumstances, we are investing a record amount in our schools and colleges. Today’s announcement will transform hundreds of schools across the country and ensure they are fit for the future.

“The additional funding, alongside fantastic new facilities, will mean our brilliant teachers can get on with what they do best – and inspire the next generation.”


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