FUNDING to improve facilities at Sandiway Primary has been welcomed by the school’s headteacher and area’s MP.

Eddisbury has been allocated a share of a £434 million condition improvement fund to expand classrooms, upgrade facilities and improve the education of children across the whole country.

This funding will ensure schools have well-maintained facilities to provide students with safe environments that support a high-quality education.

And it comes on top of an additional 10-year school rebuilding programme announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, which will kick-start with over £1 billion for the first 50 projects in 2020-21.

Chris Priddey, headteacher at Sandiway Primary, said: “We are delighted to learn that the school will be receiving much-needed investment.

“Schools in the area are of a similar age and many are needing substantial financial support to continue to make them places that are welcoming, safe and stimulating environments for our children.

“We are delighted that parts of our building can be improved for greater energy efficiencies so we can support the national effort of reducing our carbon impact on our environment.”

Eddisbury MP Edward Timpson said: “Coronavirus has taken a toll on us all, not least our children, who have been kept from their friends, their teachers and their schools.

“As we exit lockdown, we must focus on getting children back to school and ensure that schools have the facilities and classrooms they need to support the high-quality education our children deserve.

“This funding will help ensure all children have the very best possible schools and education, enabling them to gain all the knowledge and skills they need for success.”

Speaking about the funding, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson added: “My number one focus will always be to make sure every student has access to excellent education and training.

“Replacing and upgrading poor condition school and college buildings with modern, energy efficient designs will give our students and teachers the environment they deserve and support them to maximise their potential.

“As we look forward to this September and all children returning to school, we can be assured that for years to come this country’s education system will drive opportunity and prosperity for all.”

Other schools in the Eddisbury constituency to benefit include Over Hall Community School, Calveley Primary Academy, and Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College.