Uckfield college gets government cash boost

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The college is in line for a share of a £6billion national payout, part of the second phase of the Priority School Building Programme aimed at helping schools whose buildings are suffering wear and tear. The programme was unveiled by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Education Secretary Nicky Morgan on Monday February 9. Schools included in the programme are now able to start developing detailed plans, and are expected to be completed in 2017.

An East Sussex County Council spokeswoman said: “We are delighted to hear that the bids were successful for five sites; Chailey School, Claverham Community College, Uckfield Community College, Uplands Community Technology College and Willingdon Community School. The Education Funding Agency (EFA) has given an indication of the buildings on each site that have been allocated funding but the budget allocation will be subject to a further scoping study to be undertaken by the EFA early 2015, which potentially may affect the allocations made. We will therefore be working closely with those schools to enable the best outcomes. Once completed we will communicate the agreed programme of work.”

Deputy Prime Minister Mr Clegg added: “It is crucial that we invest properly in education, so that every child has a fair start in life. ​“Thousands of pupils will benefit from better, brighter, warmer classrooms thanks to this ​funding.”