Facelift for school

Pictured is headteacher Kath Barton outside the school
Pictured is headteacher Kath Barton outside the school
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A WIGAN school is to undergo a mammoth facelift after receiving a whopping £800,000 boost.

Up Holland High School, on Sandbrook Road, is one of three schools across Lancashire to receive the huge grant from Lancashire County Council after years of appealing for extra funding to improve the appearance of the building.

The money will be used to carry out urgent repairs to the structure of the building - but it will have to be done carefully to protect its Grade Two listing.

Headteacher Kath Barton was delighted with the extra funding and says it is a huge boost to the school.

She said: “It really is great news. It will enable us to give the school a much needed facelift, replacing the roof, doors and to make sure everything is watertight.

“I’m over the moon because we really have been fighting for extra money for so long now.

“It is a huge boost to everyone; the governors, teachers, pupils and the neighbours across the road will have something much nicer to look at!”

However, the school must take guidance when choosing how they plan to improve the school.

All the money will go towards developing and improving the quality of the school buildings but as they have a Grade Two listing, it restricts how the school can be developed as certain parts of the 1970s architecture must be kept intact.

Mrs Barton added: “We’ll work closely with the listing authorities to ensure the money is spent in the best way possible and keeps the character of the building while improving it as is desperately needed.

“By spending this on improvements to the building, it will free up other funding for academic improvements.

“Because of the listing status, we can only replace like for like but we’re confident we can ensure that this money will improve parts of the school that have become unsightly.”

Work is set to begin on the school in the near future with a completion date set for April.

The school have also confirmed that all classes will go ahead as normal.

Mrs Barton said: “We will have a personal programme to minimise disruption. The pupils’ education is paramount and this development will only act as a positive to the pupils.”