Children set to benefit from better schools if essential investment is approved

Wakefield Council’s Cabinet will be asked to approve funding for the maintenance of local schools when they meet next week – to ensure children across the district have the best possible start in life.

The Council, and its partners, have a vision for Wakefield to be a place where children and young people feel happy, healthy, and safe, and are thriving in communities where families and services work together to help them achieve their potential and dreams.

The school environment plays a big part in a child’s development and the Capital Maintenance Programme (CMP) 2022/23 to 2024/25 sets out how funding from the Department for Education will be spent on keeping school buildings safe and in good working order by tackling poor building condition, building compliance, energy efficiency and health and safety.

Margaret Isherwood smiling
Cllr Margaret Isherwood

Cabinet will also be asked to accelerate the CMP from 16 to 12 years so that work can be completed quicker as a first step, with further proposals to come.

Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “The CPM is an investment in our young people – by ensuring schools are fit for purpose, are safe, compliant and maintained, supports the teaching and learning of all pupils at such a crucial time in their lives.

“By replacing items of infrastructure, like roofs and heating systems, it gives schools more efficient systems and improves the learning environment, which is what the children of this district deserve.”

Based on previous years’ allocations, it is estimated that the Council will receive £2.08m per annum and the CMP is planned on this basis.

Members of Wakefield’s Cabinet are meeting virtually on Tuesday 15 June at 10.30am to discuss the plans. The meeting can be watched live or later on the Council’s website.