Following a rigorous assessment process, the Secretary of State has announced £498 million for 1,405 projects at 1,129 academies, sixth-form colleges and voluntary aided schools including four schools in the North Cornwall constituency.
- North Cornwall Alternative Provision Academy
- St Stephens Community Academy
- Lewannick Community Primary School
- St Teath Community Primary School
The core priority of CIF is keeping eligible academy, sixth-form college and voluntary aided school buildings safe and in good working order. Most CIF funding aims to support schools in addressing issues with significant consequences that revenue or Devolved Formula Capital funding cannot meet. This includes addressing issues such as poor building condition, building compliance, energy efficiency and health and safety. Local authorities, large multi-academy trusts and large voluntary aided school bodies, such as dioceses, instead receive a School Condition Allocation to invest in condition priorities across their schools.
Scott Mann MP said:
“Small rural schools are so important for us here in North Cornwall and the buildings tend to be older and can, from time to time, need to be improved and spruced up. I am delighted that the four schools have been successful today and I very much look forward to working with them and other schools to secure additional funding in the future.”
CIF also supports a small proportion of expansion projects for Ofsted rated good or outstanding academies, sixth-form colleges and voluntary aided schools that need to expand their existing facilities and/or floor space to either increase the number of admissions in the main year of entry or address overcrowding. As in previous rounds, the fund was heavily oversubscribed so only those projects that demonstrated a high project need and aligned with CIF priorities have been funded. More information on CIF, including the full list of successful projects published, can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/condition-improvement-fund.