North Somerset schools enjoy £10m funding boost

Eight schools in North Somerset are to benefit from £10m of funding to improve facilities and provide new classrooms.

Yeo Moor Primary in Clevedon will have its roofing, kitchen and dining facilities improved at a cost of £1.5m.

In Weston-super-Mare, Milton Park Primary will have £2.25m spent on creating a 15-pupil pre-school and two new learning zones.

A council spokesperson said the money was coming from a "variety of sources" and that about £2m was being borrowed.

Other money came from government grants for improving areas such as kitchens.

The spokesperson added that the council needed to "continue to invest in schools" despite the current financial situation to keep them to a "certain standard".

Councillors at Conservative-run North Somerset recently agreed to £18.6m of cuts made from its gross annual budget of £422m, with 140 full-time posts going.

Elsewhere, St Andrews Primary in Congresbury will be remodelled and expanded at a cost of £2m.

Mendip Green School in Weston-super-Mare will get an extra three classrooms at a cost of £700,000.

Worlebury St Pauls Primary, Hillside First School, St Martin's Junior in Weston-super-Mare and Wrington C of E Primary will also have improvement work carried out.

Work on the projects will begin in the 2011-12 financial year and will take up to two years to finish.

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