European funding will help pay for a state-of-the-art school at Bradley, it has been revealed.
All Saints’ Catholic College at Bradley Road is one of seven schools across Yorkshire to share in a £56m funding pot from the European Investment Bank (EIB).
The cash is part of the Priority Schools Building Programme to improve facilities and replace outdated buildings at Schools across the UK.
Over the last year, the European Investment Bank has provided £281m for investment at 46 schools across the country under the programme, including the Yorkshire schools in this fifth and final batch agreed this month.
The multi-million pound project for All Saints’ is due to open next year and will see a new school for its 900 students comprising a three-storey main teaching block, a separate building to house a new four-court sports hall and changing rooms. Skylights will be installed to provide natural light to the main hall, library dining area and walkways.
To minimise disruption to students, staff and parents, the old school building will not be demolished until the new building is completed.
The work will be carried out by engineering giant Laing O’Rourke, part of the consortium responsible for building the London 2012 Olympic Park.
The other schools to be transformed under this latest tranche of funding include Whitcliffe Mount Business and Enterprise College at Cleckheaton and schools in Bingley, Bradford, Keighley and Harrogate.
Recent education investment in Yorkshire supported by the EIB includes construction at Bradford College, Leeds City College and Hull and York universities as well as schools in Barnsley, Bradford and Sheffield.
Lending by the EIB in the UK last year totalled GBP 5.6 billion and represented the largest annual engagement since the start of EIB lending in the UK in 1973. This supported nearly GBP 16 billion of overall investment in 40 projects across the UK, which schools, university campuses, hospitals, upgraded energy links, renewable energy projects and water infrastructure.