School on shortlist for government cash

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An Ilkeston school is one of only 11 in Derbyshire that could receive cash to spend on repairs.

Derbyshire County Council has earmarked Cotmnanhay Infants and Junior School, in Beauvale Drive, to receive a slice of Government cash to improve the condition of its schools.

The schools have been chosen on the basis that they meet the Department for Education’s strict criteria for investment to improve their condition.

Councillor Kevin Gillott, deputy leader and cabinet member for children and young people at County Hall, said: “I know that many of our schools are struggling with out-of-date buildings but the sheer scale of the backlog combined with the budget cuts means we haven’t got the money to deal with the problem.

“We are not sitting back and we’re doing what we can to bring money in to Derbyshire. I know that other schools will be disappointed not to be on the list but we assessed all our schools against the strict criteria and are only putting forward the schools that we think will have the best chance of success.”

Also on the list are The Wilsthorpe Business and Enterprise College, Parklands Infant and Nursery School and Harrington Junior School, all in Long Eaton.