Funding boost for two Euxton schools

Two schools in Euxton are celebrating the latest round of cash injections to help them work with families and communities beyond the school day.

The funding has been allocated to schools around the county so they can enable services and activities to be delivered beyond the school day to pupils, their families and local people.

Euxton Church of England Primary School is set to receive £43,500 towards a £95,000 project to build an extra room attached to school which will house the before and after school clubs.

In the daytime, this extra room would be used for meetings and training.

Euxton St Mary's Catholic Primary School, will get £19,000 towards a £38,000 project to provide a friendly and accessible room for parents within school, enabling easy access to quality information, opportunities for both informal drop-in sessions and formal group sessions or meetings.

The money is to be used towards a wide variety of projects such as adventure play equipment, out-of-hours access to computers and updating breakfast and after-school club facilities.

85 per cent of schools in the county offer extended services and it is hoped this will increase to all schools in less than a year's time.

County Councillor Pat Case, cabinet member for children and schools, said: "These new funding allocations are great news for parents and children across Lancashire. Extended services support the learning that takes place in schools and not only provide children and young people with activities and opportunities but parents and people from the local community as well."

The latest funding is part of a total of nearly £5 million to be spent on capital projects for extended services in Lancashire schools between 2008 and 2011. Pr ojects amounting to £240,000 have already been financed and in May this year schools were invited to bid for the current slice of capital.

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