A York school that dates back 400 years is set to get a modern makeover.
All Saints Roman Catholic School has won government cash for a major upgrade it was announced today (Friday), thanks to the government’s school rebuilding programme.
It means funding will be provided to replace or refurbish one or more buildings at the school.
All Saints has put in a series of bids for many years calling for funding to address the poor condition of the school buildings.
Because they are old and run-down, large parts of the schools are inaccessible, they have insufficient heating systems and are unsuitable for providing children with the very best educational facilities.
The funding will mean work can finally begin to update the school. Further details on the specifics of the funding awarded will follow in the coming months.
‘Fantastic Christmas present’
The news was welcomed by the York Central MP, Rachael Maskell, who has worked over the last few years to secure funding for All Saints.
“All Saints is an incredible school that is able to draw out the talents of all its pupils,” she said.
“However, despite the hard work of staff at the school, it has struggled for many years with an estate which cannot provide young people a suitable environment in which to learn, play and develop.
“While the details of the school rebuilding programme are yet to be released, I am delighted that, at long last, the school has been recognised as requiring an upgrade, as was Tang Hall Primary School earlier in the year.
She thanked headteacher Sharon Keelan-Beardsley, her staff, and everyone who “advocated for this funding which we hope will enable a new build or a major redevelopment for the school.
“This news is most definitely a fantastic Christmas present for all in the All Saints community.”