Refurbishment for Wakefield City Academy

Alan Yellop and pupils celebrate securing �400,000 of funding for Wakefield City Academy
Alan Yellop and pupils celebrate securing �400,000 of funding for Wakefield City Academy

A £400,000 windfall will help transform a dilapidated Wakefield School.

Wakefield City Academy is set for a massive makeover with the help of the money from the Academies Maintenance Fund.

The school, which was built in the 1960s, missed out on cash for a new build, which had been due for completion in 2008.

Hopes that the plans pinned to a board behind headteacher Alan Yellup’s desk might become a reality, were raised following a visit from Alan Johnson in 2007, in his former role as education secretary, but the money never came, and the school was not even deemed a priority under the previous government’s Building Schools for the Future Programme, which has since been scrapped.

Mr Yellup said; “Academy status has opened up new avenues of funding for us, and it’s such a relief to know we’re getting a refurb.

“We have been delivering first-class teaching at an award-winning school in third-rate buildings for far too long. Our pupils and staff deserve better and they’re finally going to get it.”

Mr Yellup said the money would help pay for new windows and doors, new flooring, ceilings and corridors.

It is hoped work will start in the autumn.