OVER Hall Community School has received funding to improve facilities as part of a new Government education programme.

The Winsford school has been allocated a share of £434 million to expand classrooms, upgrade facilities and improve education across the country.

This new funding will ensure schools have well-maintained facilities to provide students with safe environments that support a high quality education. It is part of £1.4 billion of capital funding for 2020-21 announced in April and is provided through the Condition Improvement Fund.

Eddisbury MP Edward Timpson said: "Coronavirus has taken a toll on us all, not least our children, who have been kept from their friends, their teachers and their schools.

“As we exit lockdown we must focus on getting children back to school – and ensure that schools have the facilities and classrooms they need to support the high-quality education our children deserve.

“This funding will help ensure all children have the very best possible schools and education, enabling them to gain all the knowledge and skills they need for success.”

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A new transformative 10-year school rebuilding programme will also be kick-started with more than £1 billion for the first 50 projects in 2020-21.

The £1 billion package is on top of the £14 billion three-year funding settlement announced last year - recognising the additional work schools will need to do to help students to catch up.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson MP said: “My number one focus will always be to make sure every student has access to excellent education and training.

“Replacing and upgrading poor condition school and college buildings with modern, energy efficient designs will give our students and teachers the environment they deserve, and support them to maximise their potential.

“As we look forward to this September and all children returning to school, we can be assured that for years to come this country’s education system will drive opportunity and prosperity for all.”