23rd May 2023

Funding awarded for three Portsmouth North schools as part of £450m to improve school buildings.

Three Portsmouth North schools awarded funding as part of the Conservative government’s £450 million investment to improve school buildings across the country.

Penny Mordaunt MP welcomed the announcement of the funding that will support:

  • Redwood Park Academy, Cosham.
  • The Harbour School, Tipner.
  • Cliffdale Primary Academy, Copnor.

Penny said, “This will make a huge difference to these schools and the learning conditions for both pupils and teachers. These projects help to create safer learning environments that make a difference to the quality of education for pupils.”

 “This continues to build on our record of investing in schools across Portsmouth North. Additional to the three newly announced schools, in the previously announced Schools Rebuilding Programme, funding was also secured for  Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School, North End and Springfield School, Drayton.”

 “And prior to that, I was proud to champion and campaign for the investment into new school rebuilds for Castle View Academy, formerly King Richard’s school, Paulsgrove and to support the state of the art rebuild of Mayfield School in Copnor. Additionally, Portsmouth also has an entirely £10m new build University Technical College (UTC) in Hilsea, which specialises in electrical and mechanical engineering and advance manufacturing, offering GCSEs, Level 3 engineering diplomas and A-Levels. The UTC provides a unique environment for the next generation of engineers for the south coast.”

Penny added, “It’s hugely important that every school has access to high-quality learning facilities and these funding allocations will make sure that responsible bodies can start to plan ahead and get projects started to replace roofs, boilers and windows – so pupils and teachers can learn and work in a comfortable space.” 

  • Over 1,000 projects will be funded to give students a high-quality learning environment.
  • This follows on from 239 new school and sixth form buildings announced in December.
  • Over 1,000 school building improvement projects will receive the green light today as part of plans to boost the condition of the school estate.
  • 859 academies, sixth-form colleges and voluntary aided schools every region of the country will receive a share of a £456 million pot created to help refurbish and repair school buildings.
  • The funding will ensure that pupils can learn in safe, warm and energy efficient classrooms.
  • Overall, the government has committed £1.8 billion of capital funding for the financial year 2023-24 to improve the condition of school buildings – including £1.1 billion for local authorities, large multi-academy trusts and voluntary aided bodies announced in March.

The Department has allocated over £15 billion since 2015 to support the government’s priority for schools to have safe, well-maintained facilities that support a high-quality education for pupils.

The announcement follows on from 239 new school buildings confirmed in December as part of the Schools Rebuilding Programme, with 400 out of 500 schools and sixth form colleges now been selected for rebuilds through the ten-year programme.

Featured photo: Redwood Park school, Cosham.