£672,915.52 of Government investment has been granted to Harlow to upgrade and refurbish school buildings, following efforts from Robert Halfon MP, who has long campaigned for more funding and a long-term plan for schools and education in Harlow.
Mr Halfon has welcomed the funding which sees Harlow benefit from a share of £560 million Government investment to expand classrooms, upgrade facilities and improve the education of children across the whole country. St Alban’s Catholic Academy, Stewards Academy and The Downs Primary School and Nursery in Harlow will all receive funding.
This comes on top of the announcements yesterday that Harlow will receive £6 million from the Government to fund four important projects at Harlow College, the Town Library and the Harlow Science Park, creating 1,600 local jobs. It also follows the news that Harlow will become home to a brand new free school offering specialist support for children with complex needs.
A passionate champion for schools, skills and our brilliant Harlow College in Parliament, Mr Halfon has welcomed today’s news saying: “As MP for Harlow and Chair of the Education Committee, I have long been campaigning for more money for our schools in Harlow and a long-term plan for education. Today’s news of hundreds of thousands of pounds to upgrade, expand and refurbish schools in Harlow is hugely welcome for children and their families, teachers and support staff in Harlow.
“Many of our school staff have been working extremely hard throughout the pandemic and in readiness for the return of schools in September. This Investment in school buildings will ensure that teachers and support staff can focus on giving every child a high-quality education.
“Harlow is going from strength to strength. Today’s funding comes on top of the extra £6 million package for Harlow College, the Science Park and our Town Library announced yesterday and the funding to establish a brand new free school for children with complex needs. I will continue to campaign in Parliament for more money to transform our town.”
This investment in schools comes from the £560 million announced by the Prime Minister last month as part of his New Deal for Britain, to help the nation bounce back from coronavirus by investing in infrastructure and skills, and creating jobs. It is in addition to the £1.4 billion of capital funding for 2020-21 already announced in April and is provided through the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF).
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