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Housing Scheme Cash Set to Support Nunthorpe Schools

By Published May 08, 2021

PRIMARY schools in Nunthorpe will share a £750,000 pot to build extra classrooms and improve facilities under proposals to go before Middlesbrough Council's Executive.

Chandlers Ridge, St Bernadette's and The Avenue will benefit from the money linked to the Grey Towers Village housing scheme.

The developer's contribution to local facilities - known as Section 106 funding - will be shared between the schools if Middlesbrough Council's Schools Capital Programme for 2021 is approved.

The schemes would be led by the schools and their individual trusts.

At Chandlers Ridge, there will be a combination of remodelling and new building which will create additional classrooms. Vision Academy Learning Trust is also investing in other improvements.

Two classrooms would also be built at St Bernadette's using the money from the housing development, alongside investment from the Nicholas Postgate Academy Trust.

To cope with its increased demand, The Avenue - part of the James Cook Learning Trust - has remodelled classrooms and will carry out work on toilet facilities.

Cllr Mieka Smiles, who represents the Nunthorpe ward and is Executive Member for Communities and Education, welcomed the report.

"We have brilliant schools in Nunthorpe full of inspirational teachers and happy children," Cllr Smiles said.

"All of them have seen increased demand and this funding would help address those issues.

"The Council is committed to working closely with all schools to ensure they have the best possible facilities.

"As a ward councillor for Nunthorpe, I wholeheartedly welcome the fact this proposal recommends that funds from housing development are invested back into the local community.

"I look forward to discussing the proposals with my colleagues on the Executive."

Cllr Jon Rathmell, who also represents the Nunthorpe ward, said: "I took up the fight for fair funding for our local primary schools five years ago, as this is such a huge issue for the schools and the entire Nunthorpe community.

"I'm glad to see the current Executive is now considering adopting these proposals.

"This will make such a huge difference for the families of children who attend these schools."

Alongside the funding for the Nunthorpe schools, the report also outlines proposed allocations for other projects. These include £2.4m for an extension at Kings Academy in Coulby Newham and significant repair work at Priory Woods in Park End and Whinney Banks Primary School.

The Council's Executive will consider the report on May 11.

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