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The Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, has welcomed support from the Government for four Island schools in need of upgrading or urgent repair work.

An announcement was made yesterday that four Island schools, Carisbrooke College, Christ the King College, Oakfield C of E Aided Primary School (at the former  Bishop Lovett site) and Ryde Academy will receive capital funding to update or upgrade their facilities.

Mr Turner, commenting on the announcement said: “Successful teaching is more related to what goes on in the classroom rather than whether it takes place in a modern building, however up-to-date facilities help.

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“I am very pleased that four Island schools have made successful bids for support – particularly as there are many schools, particularly in inner-city areas, that have had a great deal of funding under the previous government.  This is further evidence that this Conservative led government are taking notice of the Island’s needs and I welcome today’s announcement from the Secretary of State, Michael Gove MP.”

The news that four Island schools are set to receive funding has been welcomed by the Isle of Wight Council.

Dawn Cousins, Isle of Wight Council cabinet member responsible for children’s services and education, said; “We welcome this decision by the government, and look forward to receiving more details. It is particularly pleasing that the Isle of Wight, as one of the smaller education authority areas, is set to benefit from money available to four of its schools – including three secondaries.

“This will make a big difference to the quality of education we are able to offer Island young people”.


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