Schools across Huddersfield are set to see vital repairs and maintenance as part of a £4.5 million investment by Kirklees Council.

The council’s Cabinet has given the go ahead to a range of projects from replacing boilers to re-roofing, new windows to re-wiring.

Some 25 schools throughout Kirklees will benefit. The 15 schools across Huddersfield are: Brockholes CE School (£300,000, re-roof flat roof and new boiler); Crow Lane Primary at Milnsbridge (£228,000, re-wire); Reinwood Infants at Lindley (£140,000, boiler); Wilberlee School at Slaithwaite (£140,000, boiler); and Birkby Juniors (£50,000, re-roofing).

Also, Nields School at Slaithwaite (£227,000, re-roof pitched roofs); Moldgreen Community Primary (£93,000, new lighting); Denby Dale First & Nursery (£198,000, re-roof flat roof); and Dalton School (£135,000, boiler).

Also, Shepley First School (£108,000, re-wire); Spring Grove at Huddersfield (£120,000, boiler); Marsden Infants (£35,000, new floor); Hade Edge Juniors (£118,000, boiler); Ashbrow Juniors (£72,000, fan convectors); and Holme Juniors (£105,000, boiler).

The work to improve the learning environments for thousands of children will mostly be carried out during school holidays to minimise disruption.

Brockholes School. Pic by: SEAN DOYLE

Clr Carole Pattison, Cabinet member for learning, aspiration and communities, said: “Improving the condition of school buildings has a major impact by contributing to warm and secure settings for everyone to enjoy.

“We are not just investing in buildings and infrastructure, we are supporting our learners to have the best start in life and achieve excellent outcomes.

“We truly value the Kirklees family of schools and the profound difference they make to children, young people and families across the generations.

“This investment would help schools to be at the very heart of their communities, which is a key part of Our Kirklees Futures – our ambitious, long-term vision which unites education partners with the aim of all learners fulfilling their potential.”

Clr Paul Davies, Cabinet member for corporate services, said: “The proposals focus on replacing older roofs, boilers, heating and electrical systems with modern, energy efficient materials.

“They would greatly enhance each setting, support the council’s carbon neutral goals and also mean a number of schools see their energy bills reduced.

“We want buildings to become far more efficient and for staff to have a more comfortable environment in which to inspire and support our learners.

“We always work closely with schools to make sure improvement works are delivered to an excellent standard for many years to come.”