North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson welcomes extra investment for Highworth Warneford School

By Barrie Hudson - 16 December 2022

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  • Justin Tomlinson MP and Highworth Warneford School headteacher Andy Steele

    Justin Tomlinson MP and Highworth Warneford School headteacher Andy Steele

A Swindon MP has welcomed the announcement that Highworth Warneford School has been selected for the School Rebuilding Programme.

It is among the latest 239 schools to be rebuilt or substantially refurbished as part of the fourth round of the progremme.

North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson praised the programme, which will provide the funding to transform 500 schools across England, delivering on the Government’s commitment to level up opportunity around the country by giving every child access to the best classrooms, wherever they go to school.

Highworth Warneford School will use money from the School Building Programme to replace a number of mobile classrooms, which the school has said will make a major difference.

Mr Tomlinson said: “The replacement of the mobile classrooms at Highworth Warneford is a fantastic Christmas present for the local community.

"The quality of facilities in schools can have a significant impact on a student’s learning and I have been working closely with the Conservative Government to secure investment in our schools to offer children the best opportunity to succeed. 

“That is why I welcome the news that Highworth Warneford will benefit from the latest round of the School Rebuilding Programme, backed by £1.8 billion in 2022–34 to rebuild and refurbish 239 more schools across the country, including updating and modernising buildings by creating state of the art sports halls, music rooms, science labs, and dining areas. 

“This investment will improve the experience of students across the country – helping them to learn, develop, and achieve their full potential.”

The School Rebuilding Programme is backed by £1.8bn of Government funding this financial year, helping to rebuild and refurbish primary, secondary, and specialist schools, in addition to sixth form colleges around England. 

The funding, the Government says, will help to deliver state of the art learning environments for pupils, such as new classrooms, science labs, sports halls, and dining halls. The majority of the projects are set to be completed in three to five years. 

Each school in the programme has been selected based on the condition of its buildings, making sure the greatest improvements are delivered for schools that need them the most and maximising children’s chances to gain the skills and knowledge they need. 

The new buildings will be more energy efficient for future winter resilience, helping schools keep bills down and meeting our Net Zero commitments.

Selected schools include primary, secondary, special schools, and 16-19 institutions, with over half of the successful schools in the Midlands and North, levelling up education across England.

Construction of new buildings at some of the previously announced schools is already underway, with a number of projects almost completed.

As well as delivering world-class learning environments for pupils, the School Rebuilding Programme will also create opportunities, jobs, and apprenticeships – from the construction industry to suppliers, businesses will be offering training as part of their involvement in the projects.

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan said: “Education is a top priority for this Government. That is why, despite facing challenging economic circumstances, we are investing a record amount in our schools and colleges. Today’s announcement will transform hundreds of schools across the country and ensure they are fit for the future. 

“The additional funding, alongside fantastic new facilities, will mean our brilliant teachers can get on with what they do best – and inspire the next generation.”

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