Investing in our schools and our children

We are set to invest more than £4.2million in improving school buildings across Kirklees.

Around 30 different schools will benefit from the spending if Cabinet members approve the proposals at their meeting on April 13.

The works would provide a wide range of facilities including new roofs, new electrical equipment, heating and lighting systems and improvements to access for children with disabilities.

Around £3million of the proposed investment has been earmarked for specific projects, while approximately £1.2million would be allocated to other works over the coming months.

Mel Meggs, Strategic Director for Children’s Services, said:

“The proposals are about improving outcomes for our children and young people by providing access to high quality facilities.

The investment would enable learning to be delivered in warm and secure environments so that pupils have the best opportunities to fulfil their potential.

Kirklees schools do fantastic work in providing high standards of care and education. Upgrading facilities across the district is just one of the ways we are supporting their efforts.

Many of the works would take place during school holiday periods – so that the impact is minimised for staff, children and families – and make a real difference for thousands of current and future pupils.”

David Shepherd, Strategic Director for Growth and Regeneration, said:

“Investment in improving school buildings is a vital part of our vision for Kirklees.

The proposed works would reduce the Kirklees carbon footprint and further enhance the council’s Climate Emergency work, increasing our use of sustainable technology and cutting energy usage.

It would be a huge undertaking to complete many different projects in so many different buildings during the six-week summer break, but that’s our commitment.

We want all school buildings to provide excellent, clean and green facilities for all those who use them, now and in the future.”

More information about the proposed investment can be found in the Cabinet report.