The Education and Skills Funding Agency has announced the outcome of the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) 2018 to 2019.

The core priority of CIF is keeping academy and sixth form college buildings safe and in good working order. Most CIF funding aims to address issues with significant consequences that revenue or Devolved Formula Capital funding cannot meet. These include issues with poor building condition, building compliance, energy efficiency and health and safety.

CIF also supports a small proportion expansion projects for Ofsted-rated good or outstanding academies and sixth-form colleges that need to expand their existing provision to either increase the number of admissions in the main year of entry or address overcrowding.

CIF received requests for more than £1.5 billion across 4,600 projects in this year’s round. Following their assessment, they have announced £514 million to cover 1,556 projects at 1,299 academies and sixth-form colleges.

This investment forms part of the government’s plan to ensure that every child has the opportunity of a place at a good school, whatever their background.

I am delighted that Sutton schools have benefited from the CIF with Cheam Common Junior Academy, Glenthorne High School and Sutton Grammar School all being successful in their bids to the CIF.