10 out of 40 schools get repair money

Towcester C of E Primary School.
Towcester C of E Primary School.

PRIMARY schools in south Northants were celebrating this week after they were included in a £5 million repair programme.

Last week Northants County Council said they had written to ten schools in the county to tell them they were next in line for funding to improve the condition of their buildings.

In south Northants Towcester CofE Primary and Yardley Gobion CofE Primary both received the letter.

The schools are among 40 in the county built during the 1960s and 70s which are now suffering various degrees of structural defect.

Lesley Wolstenholme, chair of governors at Yardley Gobion said: “It is fantastic news for us. We’ve been suffering all the problems associated with the up keep and maintenance of a flat roof.”

Mrs Wolstenholme said the roof has not caused any immediate physical problems like leaking, and money for on going repairs comes from a budget which does no limit teaching or the acquisition of books

She added: “We had a letter from NCC in the middle of July confirming they have authorised the start of phase three of the programme to remedy structural difficulties at a number of schools, including Yardley Gobion. They aim to finish all construction by December 2012.”

Andrew Grant, NCC’s cabinet member for children and learning said they had already carried out the more urgent repairs to 11 schools.