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Council invests £7m into schools ahead of the new school year

by Lisa Bennett

A number of community primary schools and special schools across Knowsley are set for major schemes of work to improve facilities ahead of students returning in September.

Knowsley Council is investing a total of £2.3m across 13 programmes of work, with the majority of the building contractors being businesses based in the borough.

Alt Bridge School, an outstanding specialist provision school in Huyton, will see spaces remodelled for use by the PE Department. The work will support the school to deliver its curriculum, including physical education, and ensure that students have the facilities they need to achieve their best possible outcomes.

Westvale Primary School in Kirkby will have a section of its roof replaced and some windows replaced, while the nursery will undergo the first phase of its refurbishment.

Works at other schools include toilet refurbishments, classroom refurbishments and the installation or upgrade of air conditioning and heating systems.

Cllr Jayne Aston, Cabinet Member for Resources, said:

“As a Council we are committed to ensuring that the facilities at our schools provide the best environment for our young people to learn and achieve their goals.

“This £2.3m scheme of works is wide ranging from replacing windows and doors to new heating systems. However, it is not an easy task given the tight time scales that contractors will need to work to ahead of the new term in September and I would like to thank everyone involved in the delivery of these schemes.

“I look forward to seeing the completed works and welcoming back pupils into our schools in September.”

In addition to the refurbishment programme, the Council is investing a further £4.7m to increase pupil places in two community schools and two secondary schools.

Three projects will be completed over the over the summer holidays ready to welcome a further 30 pupils at The Prescot School, 30 Pupils at Kirkby High School and support with teaching and learning for pupils as they move through to year 1 at Millbrook Primary in Kirkby.  The second project at Westvale Primary School will be completed over a number of months ready to welcome more pupils in September 2024.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, added:

“It’s important that pupils can receive an education close to home and due to demand for places in our schools, I’m delighted that we have been able to invest in increasing capacity in a number of our schools.”