Investment secured to support school building improvements

Significant investment to help some of York’s schools deal with urgent maintenance issues and to enhance school buildings is being recommended for approval at the Council’s Executive on Thursday 15th March.

The School Maintenance Schemes and Basic Need programme, approved by Liberal Democrat Interim Executive Member for Children & Young People, is recommended to be made available for 2018/19.

Within the programme, three significant schemes will get the go ahead to considerably improve buildings at the following schools:

  • St Mary’s CE Primary School: £600k to be used to increase teaching space at the school, in order to accommodate a rise in pupil numbers. The work will include increasing the size of existing classrooms.   
  • Westfield Primary School: £650k to be used to improve the school meals service, including work to both the dining and kitchen areas.
  • Clifton Green Primary: £525k to be used for the installation of a new roof to most of the building.

In addition to these projects, £2.083m will be transferred from the Basic Need fund, into the maintenance programme, to allow a further 11 school maintenance schemes to be carried out in 2018/19. 


Cllr Carol Runciman, Liberal Democrat Interim Executive Member Children and Young People, said:

 “It is so important that our schools are supported to address urgent repairs and to consistently improve the condition of their buildings.”

“It is for this reason; I am pleased that Executive is being recommended to give the go ahead for this year’s School Maintenance Schemes and Basic Need programme, which will provide additional investment to a number of schools in improving their estates.”

“Now that the funding has been made available, major works can now begin at St Mary’s CE Primary School, Westfield Primary School and Clifton Green Primary; so that they can address urgent repairs and support growing pupil numbers respectively.”

“To date, £14.6m has been spent or committed on a number of capital schemes to support schools in York.  I have asked officers that the previously unallocated balance of £25.61 million be committed to help other schools bring their buildings up to standard.  This will be prioritised according to an assessment of building needs.”


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