Alert close - icon Fill 1 Copy 10 Untitled-1 tt copy 3 Untitled-1 Untitled-1 tt copy 3 Fill 1 Copy 10 menu Group 3 Group 3 Copy 3 Group 3 Copy Page 1 Group 2 Group 2 Skip to content

Spotlight on our school development programme

Published: 25 January 2019

We’re set to give more than 40 schools across the county a funding boost to help give children the best start in life.


Councillor
Building firm foundations: Our Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale (right) and Deputy Leader Councillor Simon Spencer dig the first of the foundations for a £1.8m extension at St Oswald’s C of E Primary School in Ashbourne watched by headteacher Rebecca Wood, governors and pupils.

Our Cabinet is to consider proposals to provide 44 schools with match-funding for improvement and refurbishment work at a meeting next week (Thursday 31 January 2019). The Cabinet will also discuss proposals to build a new primary school in Breadsall.

And meanwhile, work started this week on a £1.8m extension project at St Oswald’s C of E Primary School in Ashbourne. This is part of a £4m reorganisation of primary education in the town which will improve life for hundreds of pupils and parents.

News of the school building boost comes as our Cabinet agreed recommendations yesterday (Thursday 24 January 2019) on how it could spend its £519.5m budget for 2019 to 2020 with a lower than predicted council tax rise, continual investment in road improvements and targeted spending on services for vulnerable older people and children.

We’ve approved 372 projects since it launched its popular match-funding initiative for schools in 2012 – and the 44 new bids to be considered by Cabinet next week would, if approved, take a share of £481,388 (see the full list of schools on this page).

The cash would fund projects including:

  • classroom improvements
  • toilet and kitchen refurbishment
  • replacement windows
  • electronic security systems
  • new flooring
  • improved fencing
  • new lighting and heating systems
  • improvements to playing fields, sports courts and playgrounds

The funding arrangement considers projects valued from £10,000 to £30,000 with us match-funding 50% of the total cost of successful bids.

Cabinet will also consider more potential good news for our school development programme at the same meeting next week as they discuss proposals to build a new primary school at Breadsall in changes to a former plan to refurbish an existing building.

The proposals are to replace the building, which needs expensive repairs and ongoing maintenance, with a purpose-built school with improved classrooms and facilities for a similar cost to the original refurbishment plan.

If the proposals are approved we would take steps to secure funding for the new building and our property team would start design work.

Meanwhile, work started this week on a £1.8m three-classroom extension project at St Oswald’s C of E Primary School in Ashbourne.

The work is part of a wider £4m project to reorganise primary education in the town and accommodate families moving into new housing developments.

The recent conversion of St Oswald’s Infant, Hilltop Infant and Nursery and Parkside Community Junior schools into primary schools in their own right has allowed them to co-ordinate teaching across the primary years and eliminate the transition from infant to junior which can affect some children’s educational progress.

It also allows parents who have children at different stages of education to make one school drop-off rather than two which helps to reduce traffic in the town.

Our Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale and Deputy Leader Councillor Simon Spencer attended a ground-breaking ceremony to launch the project at St Oswald’s this week.

Councillor Dale said:

“It’s a pleasure to be involved as work starts in an investment which will help to give children the best possible start at school as well as benefit staff, parents and the whole community. The reorganisation project is a great example of developing and improving what we already have and our proposal to build a new school in Breadsall is also very exciting.

“Meanwhile, our match-funding project is one of the other ways we’re supporting our school development programme. It’s very important that every child is given the best opportunity to achieve their full potential and this is significantly affected by their school environment.

“We want all our children to have the opportunity to learn and thrive in the best possible classrooms with high-quality facilities. Sharing the cost means schools can achieve more ambitious plans than they could on their own – and prevent the need for more costly repairs or improvements further down the line.

“Our match-funding scheme has continued to prove extremely popular and it’s an excellent example of where a financial helping hand can reap bigger rewards with lasting benefits for pupils, staff, visitors and the wider local community than would otherwise be possible.”

Joint funding initiative proposals to be considered by Cabinet on Thursday 31 January 2019

School Project Project cost £ School contribution Our contribution
Ashbourne Hilltop Primary and Nursery School Safeguarding - works to office and foyer 10,000.00 5,000.00 5,000.00
Ashover Primary School Resurfacing of playground and drainage works 30,000.00 15,000.00 15,000.00
Aston-on-Trent Primary School Resurfacing of playground and paths 17,400.00 8,700.00 8,700.00

Bakewell CE Infant School

Replacement ceilings and lighting 21,000.00 10,500.00 10,500.00
Barlborough Primary School Safeguarding - remodelling of office 11,605.00 5,802.50 5,802.50
Belper School and Sixth Form Centre Replacement ceiling, lighting and floor 14,000.00 7,000.00 7,000.00
Birk Hill Infant School Asbestos removal and replacement floor 11,520.00 5,760.00 5,760.00
Bradley CE Controlled Primary School

Kitchen refurbishment

28,312.00 14,156.00 14,156.00
Brooklands Primary School New boiler and safeguarding improvements - electronic access controls 17,100.00 8,550.00 8,550.00

Buxton Infant School

Drainage and toilet improvements 30,000.00 15,000.00 15,000.00
Coppice Primary School Resurfacing of play area and replacement trim trail 30,000.00 15,000.00 15,000.00
Cotmanhay Junior School Refurbishment of toilets and staffroom 50,000.00 35,000.00 15,000.00
Crich Junior School Refurbishment of boys toilets 10,000.00 5,000.00 5,000.00
Earl Sterndale CE Voluntary Controlled Primary School Fencing and safeguarding works 10,000.00 5,000.00 5,000.00
Glebe Junior School Refurbishment of tennis courts 43,000.00 28,000.00 15,000.00
Hady Primary School Replacement floor 22,000.00 11,000.00 11,000.00
Harpur Hill Primary School Refurbishment of toilets 11,000.00 5,500.00 5,500.00
Hasland Infant School Refurbishment of the girls’ toilets 41,000.00 26,000.00 15,000.00
Hasland Junior School Playground resurfacing and replacement outdoor stage 30,000.00 15,000.00 15,000.00
Kirk Ireton CE Voluntary Controlled Primary School Replacement gates, doors and windows 19,734.00 9,867.00 9,867.00
Ladywood Primary School Replacement windows 10,000.00 5,000.00 5,000.00
Melbourne Junior School Replacement windows 30,000.00 15,000.00 15,000.00
New Bolsover Primary School Safeguarding works - security fencing, electronic gates and access controls 10,000.00 5,000.00 5,000.00
Old Hall Junior School Playground resurfacing 36,994.00 21,994.00 15,000.00
Padfield Community Primary School Playground resurfacing 12,610.00 6,305.00 6,305.00
Parkside Community School Replacement windows 34,300.00 19,300.00 15,000.00
Pottery Primary School New fire door exit 10,380.00 5,190.00 5,190.00
Riddings Junior School Refurbishment of staff toilets 10,000.00 5,000.00 5,000.00
Ripley Junior School Replacement of fire doors and emergency lighting 44,915.00 29,915.00 15,000.00

Ripley St John's CE Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Refurbishment of toilets and safeguarding – new fencing 21,000.00 10,500.00 10,500.00
Scarcliffe Primary School Drainage works to field 29,541.00 14,770.00 14,771.00
South Darley CE (Controlled) Primary School Work to address damp, boiler upgrade and safeguarding improvements 26,000.00 13,000.00 13,000.00
Spire Junior School Refurbishment of toilets 30,000.00 15,000.00 15,000.00
Springwell Community College Safeguarding -  new fencing and electronic alarms & controls 10,000.00 5,000.00 5,000.00
St Andrew's CE (Controlled) Junior School Refurbishment of toilets and window replacement 30,000.00 15,000.00 15,000.00
Stonebroom Primary and Nursery School Safeguarding - secure lobby 29,144.00 14,572.00 14,572.00
The Duke of Norfolk CE Primary School Refurbishment of toilets 29,000.00 14,500.00 14,500.00
The Park Infant and Nursery School Refurbishment of toilets 30,000.00 15,000.00 15,000.00
The Park Junior School Refurbishment of toilets 15,000.00 7,500.00 7,500.00
Waingroves Primary School Safeguarding - internal alterations to create secure lobby 21,614.00 10,807.00 10,807.00
Westhouses Primary School Safeguarding - internal alterations to create secure lobby 30,348.00 15,348.00 15,000.00
Whitwell Primary School Refurbishment of toilets and storage area 30,000.00 15,000.00 15,000.00
William Levick Primary School Underpinning of building 14,815.00 7,407.50 7,407.50
Total   1,033,332.00 551,944.00 481,388.00