£4.2million schools investment approved by Cabinet

We will invest over £4.2million in improving school buildings across Kirklees, following agreement by Cabinet members.

The works, which will be carried out over the next 12 months, include new roofs, new electrical equipment, heating and lighting systems and improvements to access for children with disabilities.

Around 30 different schools will benefit from the upgrades, most of which will be completed in school holiday periods to avoid disruption to children, families and teachers.

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

“We want all of our children and young people to enjoy the best possible start in life, including when they are attending school.

This funding will provide even more excellent facilities across Kirklees so that pupils and staff are warm and comfortable.

Schools have come through some incredible challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic and, as a council, we have never been keener to support them.

A wide range of projects will have a positive impact on teaching and learning. By investing in our school buildings, we are investing in our children and young people.”

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

“The council is committed to tackling the Climate Emergency, so we are delighted these improvement works are going ahead.

Through the use of modern heating, insulation and lighting, we can ensure the buildings become far more efficient for the long term.

Energy costs can be a significant burden on schools, but the greater use of sustainable technology also has the benefit of cutting down on bills.

We are providing the sort of clean, green school settings that children, young people and staff can enjoy for many years.”

More information

For more information about the planned works in the Cabinet report.