Council offers £75k funding boost to benefit schools in Calder Valley

Cornholme J, I & N School in Todmorden.
Cornholme J, I & N School in Todmorden.

The facilities of four Calder Valley schools will benefit from a council funding boost of up to £75,000.

Grants and loans are being made available to improve facilities in schools, including Riverside Junior School, Colden J & I School, Old Town Primary School, all of Hebden Bridge and Cornholme J, I & N School in Todmorden.

The funding came after it was agreed by Calderdale Council’s Cabinet to provide the grants or loans to schools that cannot afford to fund the necessary facility improvements.

A £75,000 loan is helping Cornholme to address the shortage of space at the school.Adam Sapey, headteacher of Cornholme J, I & N School, Todmorden, said: “We are delighted that the Council recognised the needs of our school.

“We are desperately short of space for storage, group work and activities.

“This project will add at least two extra work rooms to the school within the existing roof space. It will enable us to better meet the needs of our children and staff.”

The Riverside Junior School will use the grant to provide new roofing, lighting, redecoration plans including the replacement of ceiling tiles.

Whereas the loan will be used by Colden J & I School and the Old Town Primary School to replace the current mobile classrooms and transform them into extensions for new teaching space.

Coun Colin Raistrick, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, said: “Maintaining functional and attractive school buildings is an important part of creating conditions for effective teaching and learning. We want schools to be safe and enjoyable places, and our investment in school capital works is giving students and staff the facilities they deserve. It’s also helping us to meet demand for additional school places in Calderdale by creating more space in existing schools.”