Cash boost for ageing classrooms

AGEING temporary classrooms at schools across the area are to be replaced in a £13m investment.

The work, at primary and secondary schools from Dewsbury to Birkenshaw, will create more places for youngsters.

Ravensthorpe Junior and Infants, Gomeral’s St Mary’s Primary and Dewsbury’s Westborough High School are among those to benefit.

The plan was backed by Kirklees Council’s Labour cabinet at a meeting in Huddersfield on Tuesday.

Kirklees has been given a £9.2m government grant towards the work, leaving the authority to find £4.8m.

Cabinet members agreed to use £1.9m of unallocated funds from their 2012/13 budget towards that total.

The other schools to benefit are:

• Birkenshaw CE Primary

• Headlands Junior and Inf. (Dewsbury)

• Boothroyd Junior and Inf. (Dewsbury)

• Hightown Junior and Inf. (Liversedge)

• Brownhill St Saviours (Birstall)

A cabinet report highlights ageing temporary classrooms which are in “poor condition and in urgent need of replacement”.

Extra places are also wanted to help schools cope with an expected rise in the number of children over the coming years.

Coun Cath Harris, joint cabinet member for children’s services, said: “There is an educational benefit, so children can go to school and make sure we have a suitable condition of our buildings.”

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