We all know from our time at school that the quality of school’s facilities can have a huge impact on a child’s ability to learn. To give young people in Croydon South the best opportunity to succeed, I have been working closely with my colleagues in the Department for Education to secure investment in our local schools.
Today, I join with Waddon Councillor Simon Fox in welcoming the news that the Minster Junior School and the Minster Nursery and Infants School in Waddon will benefit from the latest round of the Government’s School Rebuilding Programme.
The Programme is supported by £1.8 billion of public money between 2022-2034 and will see hundreds of schools across the country given funding to rebuild and refurbish, including updating and modernising buildings; creating state of the art sports halls, music rooms and science labs; and improving dining areas. Most projects are set to be completed in the next three to five years, and the improved buildings will be more energy efficient to help the school keep bills down.
Education has always been a top priority for me as your Member of Parliament and I think it is fantastic that the Prime Minister recently set out his goal of creating a world-class education system. That’s why, despite the challenging economic circumstances we find ourselves in, the Government is investing record amounts into schools and colleges to make sure they are fit for the future.
This investment will mean that our amazing teachers are well-equipped to get on with what they do best – and inspire the next generation. I am confident that the experience of children in Waddon will improve – helping them to learn, develop, and achieve their full potential.