THORNS Collegiate Academy in Quarry Bank is to receive more than £418,820 to improve school facilities.

The secondary school in Thorns Road is to receive a share of a £560 million Government investment aimed at expanding classrooms, upgrading facilities and improving the education of children across the country.

The funding has been awarded to ensure schools have well-maintained facilities to provide students with better facilities and opportunities to get a world-class education.

Stourbridge MP Suzanne Webb, whose constituency includes Quarry Bank, said: “This funding for Thorns will help ensure more children in Stourbridge have modern environments which will promote the very best possible schools and education, enabling them to gain all the knowledge and skills they need for success.”

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, who is nearby Kinver's MP, said: “Investing 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 £560m of condition funding to schools for projects this year to kick-start the economy and get the country moving again following coronavirus.

“This funding brings the total allocated to improve the condition of our school buildings to £2 billion this year and paves 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.”

The school building programme starting later this year is part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's New Deal for Britain, helping the country bounce back from coronavirus, which he unveiled in a visit to Dudley in June.