School secures £1.2million funding award for new roof

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 April 2018

King Alfred students with MP James Heappey, headteacher Denise Hurr and executive prinicpal Neville Coles.

King Alfred students with MP James Heappey, headteacher Denise Hurr and executive prinicpal Neville Coles.

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Students and staff at a Somerset school are celebrating after receiving £1.2million to improve its facilities.

The King Alfred School, off Burnham Road in Highbridge, was awarded the large sum of money from the National Condition Improvement Fund to install replacement roofs across its site.

The school is one of only a third of British schools to win the award which it hopes will continue the school’s ‘rapid improvements’.

Headteacher Denise Hurr said: “This is great news. There is a positive feeling across the school and wider community, and we are excited about the future.”

The school has had the help of The Priory Learning Trust (PLT) since October last year, which has been supporting it since it was placed in special measures by Ofsted.

Executive principal of PLT, Neville Coles said: “This is more good news for King Alfred.

“We are working every day to make this school brilliant in every way.

“This award is largely thanks to the strong team we have at the PLT in winning awards, with hard work and skill.

“One of the benefits of being a multi-academy trust is to ensure we are financially strong and can continue to provide our children with first class facilities.”

Wells MP James Heappey, whose constituency includes Burnham and Highbridge, spoke about the school in Parliament where he called on the schools minister Nick Gibb, to meet with him and a representative from the multi-academy trust to ‘get things moving along quickly.

He also said: “It (the school) has made some excellent progress but the board of directors are nervous about formalising the sponsorship until urgent repairs are made to the school.”

Following the award, Mr Heappey said: “I am pleased the Government has been able to find such a large amount of money to complete these necessary works at King Alfred.

“This money – alongside the huge effort being put in by staff, parents and students – will no doubt enable the school to continue its rapid improvement over the next few years.”

The PLT was also handed £62,000 for Priory Community School’s kitchen refurbishment and £268,335 for its water pipe replacement.

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