Grant Shapps MP has welcomed the announcement that Peartree Primary School in Welwyn Hatfield has been selected as one of 239 schools that will be rebuilt or substantially refurbished as part of the fourth round of the Conservative Government’s School Rebuilding Programme.

The programme will provide the funding to transform 500 schools across England, delivering on the Government’s commitment to level up opportunity around the country by giving every child access to the best classrooms, wherever they go to school.

The School Rebuilding Programme is backed by £1.8 billion of government funding this financial year, helping to rebuild and refurbish primary, secondary, and specialist schools and sixth-form colleges around England. 

The funding for Peartree Primary School will help to deliver state-of-the-art learning environments for pupils, such as new classrooms, science labs, sports halls, and dining halls. The majority of the projects are set to be completed in three to five years.

This follows comments from the Education Secretary, Gillian Keegan, who said:

“Education is a top priority for this Government. That is why, despite facing challenging economic circumstances, we are investing a record amount in our schools and colleges. This announcement will transform hundreds of schools across the country and ensure they are fit for the future.”

As well as delivering world-class learning environments for pupils, the School Rebuilding Programme will also create opportunities, jobs, and apprenticeships – from the construction industry to suppliers, businesses will be offering training as part of their involvement in the projects.

With this in mind, Mr Shapps welcomed the news:

“I am so glad that Peartree Primary School will benefit from the latest round of the School Rebuilding Programme which is backed by £1.8 billion in 2022–34 to rebuild and refurbish 239 more schools across the country. This investment will improve the experience of students in Welwyn Hatfield and across the country – helping them to learn, develop, and achieve their full potential.”