Council agrees additional funding for Brookfield Special School upgrade project

Herefordshire Council has agreed at today’s meeting to re-allocate additional funding towards improvement works at Brookfield Special School, Hereford, as part of a joint funded project with the Department for Education (DfE).

The decision to approve an in-year adjustment to the capital programme follows a Cabinet decision on 21 July 2022, to accept the DfE funding offer of £4m towards the Brookfield Special School upgrade project.

Today’s decision will see Herefordshire Council contribute around 30% of funding for the project, in addition to 70% of the funding from the DfE, to provide an overall budget of around £5m to refresh and refurbish the school facilities.

The planned works are part of an overall local authority school buildings maintenance works (2021-23) programme, approved by cabinet on 17 December 2020. The programme will see DfE funding used to improve the facilities at a number of Herefordshire schools, including Brookfield School, following in depth condition surveys on local authority owned school buildings.

Councillor Diana Toynbee, Cabinet Member for Children’s and Family Services, and Young People’s Attainment, said:

“I welcome today’s council decision to approve this additional funding for Brookfield School. We as an administration are determined that all children in Herefordshire should learn in quality educational facilities, and we’re very pleased that these improvement works can finally go ahead.”

Published: 29th July 2022