Stokesley School gets £1.5m grant to improve facilities

Stokesley School and Sixth Form College.

Stokesley School has been awarded £1.5m to improve its sixth form building and sports hall.

The money receive by Areté Learning Trust, which runs the school, has come from the Government’s Conditions Improvement Fund.

Cllr Bridget Fortune, Hambleton District Council’s portfolio holder for leisure, said: “This is fantastic news.

“This grant, together with the £210,000 from Hambleton will help transform the sports hall and changing rooms.

“During these difficult times large indoor facilities like this are going to become even more important as spaces where school children and adults can exercise safely.”

In the past six years, Stokesley School has seen more than £5m invested in improving the buildings, much of this from successful bids to the CIF fund, only possible because, as a multi-academy trust, additional capital funds can be accessed.

From September 2019, Northallerton School has been sponsored by Areté Learning Trust, joining Stokesley and Richmond Schools in the Trust.

Last year, the trust was successful in obtaining an £8.7m to enable the school to move from its current ageing and cramped accommodation to a newly refurbished and extended school site in the north of the town.

The trust’s CEO, Catherine Brooker, expressed delight at this week’s news.

She said: “Whilst our school leaders are dealing brilliantly with the impact of the virus, work will be starting soon on the building developments at both schools.

“As a Trust, we are committed to providing the best possible facilities for our students and staff, who deserve no less.”

1 Comment

  1. What about The Wensleydale School at Leyburn, every other school in the area gets money thrown at it but The Wensleydale School has to go cap in hand for every little thing and has not had any major improvements in nearly 40 years. Time the balance was addressed !!

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