NEARLY a quarter of a million pounds will be shared between a number of schools in Redditch.

22 schools in Redditch have secured a total of £225,733 for projects to ensure schools have well maintained facilities to provide students with safe environments that support a high-quality education.

Among those getting funding includes St Augustine’s High School which will get £20,673, Trinity High School which will get £19,413, and Arrow Vale RSA Academy which will get £16,324.

Other schools getting slightly less include Woodfield Academy, Birchensale Middle School, and St Bede’s Catholic Middle School.

Earlier this month the Department for Education announced the latest round of successful bids from the Condition Improvement Fund for 2019-20.

In total, the Department for Education has made £1.4 billion of capital funding available in 2019–20 to maintain and improve the condition of the school estate.

It is part of £23 billion committed over 2016–2021 to deliver new school places, rebuild or refurbish buildings in the worst condition and deliver thousands of condition projects across the school estate.

Redditch MP Rachel Maclean has welcomed the news

"I’ve consistently lobbied to Government for more funding, having met the Education Secretary to discuss this just last month," she said.

“I’m acutely aware of the pressures on school budgets here in Redditch. I meet regularly with head teachers and parents and understand the concerns on the front line.

“I’m sure this funding will be a big help for these schools to deliver projects to ensure they have well maintained facilities for their students."