AN ALRESFORD school has been awarded Government funds to help improve its science facilities.

The scheme by Perins School is one 580 building projects to be given funding to repair and upgrade school facilities and create modern, fit-for-purpose spaces that meet schools’ needs.

The secondary school will also use the money to refurbish its changing rooms.

And Thornden School, in Chandler’s Ford, has received Government cash to fix a “catastrophic beam failure”.

Across the South East the Government have now funded 289 project and awarded £97million for those to be completed, 23 of which are in Hampshire.

Projects range from the upgrading of boilers to new green, energy-efficient models, to the complete refurbishment of a classroom block with brand new facilities.

The works can begin as soon as schools are ready, and the majority should be completed this financial year.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “As we work towards all children returning to school in September, this investment in our school and college buildings helps create modern environments that lend themselves to great teaching, making sure every child has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

“We have worked at great speed to release this additional £560 million of condition funding to schools for projects this year to kick-start the economy and transform the buildings so vital for excellent teaching.

“We have now allocated over £2 billion this year to improve the condition of our school buildings, paving the way for our new transformative ten-year school building programme starting later this year with over £1 billion funding for the first wave of 50 schools.”

funding comes from the £560 million announced by the Prime Minister last month to help the nation bounce back from the pandemic, investing in schools to help teachers deliver a world-class education and create jobs.

The Government is also bringing forward £200 million for FE colleges this year, as part of plans for £1.5 billion of investment over five years to transform the further education colleges.