CONSERVATIVES in Trafford have welcomed an annual cash injection by the government into the borough's schools.

Education officials have learned Trafford is to get £1.22m as part of efforts to upgrade the fabric of local schools.

Borough Tories say this funding should see improvements at Acre Hall Primary, Flixton Girls, Lime Tree Primary, Manor Academy Sale, St Hilda’s CE Primary and The Willows Primary.

Cllr Thomas Carey, shadow education lead, said: "Coronavirus has taken a toll on us all, not least our children, who have been kept from their friends, their teachers and their schools.

“As we exit lockdown we must focus on getting children back to school – and ensure that schools have the facilities and classrooms they need to support the high-quality education our children deserve.

“This funding will help ensure all children 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 added: "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 £2bn this year, and paves the way for our new transformative 10-year school building programme starting later this year with over £1bn funding for the first wave of 50 schools.”