A PRIMARY School in Ilkley is to receive funding for building improvements as part of government spending announced last week.

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Valley Drive, was one of two Catholic primary schools in the Keighley constituency to win funding from the Government’s Condition Improvement Fund which targets schools that need additional money for repairs, or expand.

The sum has yet to be confirmed, but headteacher, Alexina Lubomski, said the funding would be used to improve the front of the school building. This will include improvements such as disabled toilets and better security measures to help safeguard schoolchildren. Mrs Lubomski said: “We are delighted with it.”

A bid for funding was submitted on behalf of the school by the Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust.

Ilkley and Keighley MP, Kris Hopkins, welcomed the extra funds for Sacred Heart as well as St Anne’s Catholic Primary School in Yeadon. He said: “I am delighted that these funding allocations have been agreed. Schools need the best possible environment to enable pupils to fulfil their learning potential and succeed in life. Providing first class facilities are crucial to this, and pupils at both St Anne’s and Sacred Heart will certainly benefit as a result of this money.”