Refurbished primary school will soon be able to say goodbye to wet weather buckets

Almost £200,000 worth of work to upgrade a Harborough school has begun over the summer holidays.

The refurbishment project at the 284-pupil Ridgeway Primary Academy in the town involves a £98,216 grant to replace a flat roof, and a further £95,428 grant to replace all the windows and remove asbestos from the building.

A spokeman for the school said: “We are delighted we got this money from the Education Funding Agency (EFA), because it really is vital maintenance.

“Basically, when we have heavy rain, there are buckets in the classrooms.”

Ridgeway Primary Academy was awarded two grants through the Academy Capital Maintenance Fund from the EFA to replace the school’s roof and windows.

The work to replace the roof and remove asbestos is well under way, and is due to be completed in the summer holidays.

The windows will be replaced, a classroom at a time, during September and October. All work should be finished by the end of the Christmas term.

To gain the EFA grants, the school had to write official bids detailing the projects, showing they were good value for money and could be completed on time.

“There may not be any very obvious changes from the outside of the school,” said the spokesman.

“But inside the changes will be considerable, particularly in the school hall, which will be transformed. It will be completely warm, completely dry, and have new floor-to-ceiling blinds.”