Trust Secures £3.85M in Funding for Schools

By 22 April 2024No Comments

Changing Lives Learning Trust is thrilled to announce that the Trust has been successful in securing funding through the latest round of the Government’s highly competitive Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) bids for nine critical projects across its schools in Cumberland and Westmorland and Furness.

The CIF, overseen by the Department for Education, is an annual funding initiative aimed at assisting schools in maintaining safe and functional buildings. This funding facilitates enhancements in building condition, compliance, energy efficiency, and overall health and safety measures.

Following a rigorous assessment of bids, six schools within the Changing Lives Learning Trust have been awarded a total of £3.85m in funding, of which the Trust contributed £536k.

As part of this latest round, Thornhill Primary School will benefit from new windows and doors and new roofing totalling £376,000, while West Lakes Academy in Egremont will receive £411,000 in site facilities upgrades.

St Bees Village Primary School will receive £445,000 in upgrades to its heating system and Arlecdon Primary School will receive £410,000 in improving the building fabric.

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith will receive funding to upgrade its electrical systems and to install new roofing totalling £1,787,000. Kirkby Thore Primary School will receive support in upgrading the site’s perimeter and roofing totalling £422,000.

Jonathan Johnson OBE, Chief Executive Officer of Changing Lives Learning Trust commented:

“I am overjoyed at the news that our schools are receiving the highly competitive and hard-fought funding to improve the environment our children and staff learn and work in. Even though some of it is hidden in pipes and cables I am still thrilled that our carefully thought-through plans for improvement remain on track and that everyone can enjoy the benefits.”

David Davidson, Chair of the Trust Board added:

“The successful outcomes of the Trust’s CIF bids are testament to the work of so many. I thank everyone who was involved in this process. I am sure that those involved, along with the school communities who will benefit, now and long into the future, from the work that will be carried out are as delighted as I am that this will now be possible.”