Repair works to the swimming pool at The Duston School will be funded by Northamptonshire County Council to secure its long-term future.
The pool, where generations of children have been taught to swim, will receive £45,000 of county council funding to improve facilities including the changing rooms and for essential repair works to the pool.
Repairs have begun and will take four weeks to complete. The pool is expected to reopen in April 2019.
Although The Duston School, which is part of The Duston Education Trust (TDET) is an academy and managed independently, the county council is supporting the school and funding repair works to safeguard important swimming facilities for children.
Until 2015 schools received a subsidy from central government to meet the costs of operating pool facilities. The schools funding formula subsequently changed and the subsidy was removed.
Cllr Matt Golby, Leader of Northamptonshire County Council said:
“We have been in discussions with The Duston School to ensure the pool can be reopened, and we’re delighted that repair works have begun.
“This is a much-loved and well used swimming pool and these repair works will help to ensure it stays open for many years to come, not only for the pupils of The Duston School, but for students across Northamptonshire.”
Sam Strickland, Headteacher of The Duston School said:
“We’re pleased that the council is working with the school to rectify this issue and are looking forward to seeing the pool re-opened in the not too distant future so that the school and wider community can once again enjoy this facility.”
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