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Church schools to benefit from million pound investment

The Diocese of Carlisle has secured more than a million pounds to help with repairs and building work at church schools across the county.

Fourteen Voluntary Aided schools will benefit from a share of the £1,064,214 awarded to the Diocese from the Education Funding Agency.

The Aided schools are state-funded but the Diocese owns the buildings and has influence on the management of the schools.

It means that with careful management of the funds, nearly a third of all the Aided schools across the Diocese will benefit.

Michael Mill, Diocesan Director of Education, Children and Young People said: “Although we haven’t had as much funding as in previous years we are delighted that children in many of our schools will benefit from long-awaited repairs and improvements to the learning environment.

“We have worked hard to make sure that as many schools as possible have received something.”

Planned works include renewal to heating and windows, tackling health & safety issues, new toilets and works to support school amalgamation.

The largest investment will be at the new St Martin and St Mary’s Church of England Primary School in Windermere which opens in September.

The Diocese will invest in a new link structure between the existing Infant and Junior Schools.

Work is also due to start in the next year to re-build St James’ Voluntary Aided Church of England Junior School in Barrow with funding direct from the government's Priority School Building Programme.



Notes to editors:

• The following schools will benefit from the Education Funding Agency investment:-

Ambleside CE Primary, Ambleside – boiler replacement and work to heating system
Beaconside CE Primary, Penrith – extension to existing classroom
Blackford CE Primary, Carlisle – security and safeguarding works at entrance
Borrowdale CE Primary, Borrowdale, Keswick – replacement ceilings in hall and classroom
Crosscrake CE Primary, Kendal – security works at entrance
Dent CE Primary, Dent, Sedbergh – replacement windows and pointing
Grasmere CE Primary, Grasmere – work to repair leaking chimneys
Morland CE Primary, Penrith – replacement lighting
St Mark’s CE Primary, Kendal – security works at entrance
St Mary’s CE Primary, Kirkby Lonsdale – boiler replacement
Waberthwaite CE Primary, Waberthwaite, Millom – phase two toilet refurbishment
Windermere CE Schools, Infants and Juniors – new link structure

• A Voluntary Aided School is a state-funded school in which the buildings are owned by a trust or foundation, which contributes to building costs and has influence in the running of the school.


For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Officer, on 07984 927434 or at or the Ven Richard Pratt on 01900 66190.


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