Extra cash to help schools

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TWO high schools have been given a helping hand from the Education Funding Agency.

Rastrick High School has been awarded the funding to improve teaching facilities for maths and students with physical impairments and Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School has been given the funding to replace the main coal boilers in school from capital funding distributed to academies.

Headteacher Helen Lennie said: “Our school community is really thrilled at the news of our success in applying for additional funding. This new building will make a huge difference to the learning experience of every student at Rastrick High School, enabling this key subject to be delivered in a modern, professional working environment. It will also link two existing areas of the school buildings to improve access and will put facilities for disabled students geographically at the centre of our school.

“It is the first stage of ambitious plans for the site which include new sports facilities, increased parking and moving the bus pickup/drop off area to the back of the school. Our ambition is not just to improve facilities on site for students and staff but also to improve the experience of our neighbours.”

Construction should start during late summer and the project has been planned in such a way that the teaching of maths can carry on undisturbed while construction takes place. The intention is for the building to be fully operational for September 2013.

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe has been awarded their grant to replace the boiler..

Executive headteacher Anthony Smith said: “We bid for and were successful in choosing a very appropriate scheme in that our boilers are in excess of 30 years old and produce a significant carbon footprint, which will be reduced considerably by the new BioMass boilers. The works will be completed by March 2013 and the replacement of the current boilers also has long term strategic benefits for us as it means the site of the existing boiler house becomes available for developing the site in the future.”