A bright future for education in the constituency

Over the past few weeks I have visited local schools across the constituency to discuss the reopening of schools and the plans for the new school year in September with both staff and students.

I was delighted to have a tour of the new Stowmarket High School site with headteacher Dave Lee-Allan. The building is fantastic and is a statement for the schools ambitions going forwards.

I also visited Sybil Andrews, Abbots Green and the new Abbeygate sixth form complex. I discussed the reopening of schools and plans for how each school will comply with government regulations.

With new schools popping up across the constituency and with investment in maintaining our existing schools there is an exciting future for education in the constituency.

Six schools across the constituency will benefit from a £434 million Government pot to fund infrastructure upgrades, such as new windows or roof repairs.

The Government’s Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) for 2020-21 will pay for 1,476 projects at 1,243 academies, sixth form colleges and non-diocesan voluntary aided schools.

The following schools in the Bury St Edmunds constituency will benefit from this years scheme-

•            Bury St Edmunds County Upper School

•            Stowupland High School

•            Howard Community Primary School

•            Olive Alternative Provision Academy Suffolk (Central)

•            Tollgate Primary School

•            Great Barton Church of England Primary Academy

I am delighted this money has been allocated and the funding will help schools across the constituency make the vital repairs and improvements that will make a real difference for pupils, teachers and staff members.

We must continue to ensure that schools have the facilities and classrooms they need to support the high-quality education our children deserve.