Seventeen schools in Cornwall are to receive a share of almost £500 million to make improvements to buildings.

It is through the latest round of the government's £498million Condition Improvement Fund (CIF).

Successful schools are: Falmouth School for asbestos removal works, Penair School for vertical tiling, Pool Academy for fire upgrades, Tregolls School for fire safety works, Ludgvan School for 'urgent fire and safeguarding works', Brunel Primary and Nursery Academy for external safeguarding, Nine Maidens Academy for phase one of a flat roof, North Cornwall Academy for flat roof replacement, Penwith Academy for flat roof replacement, St Stephens Academy for safeguarding, Callington Primary School for flat roof recovering, Lewannick Primary School for pitched roof recovering, Pelynt Primary School for phase one of pitched roof replacements, Portreath Primary School for external safeguarding, Treloweth Primary School for external safeguarding, Duloe Primary Academy for fire upgrades, and St Teath Primary School for safeguarding improvement works.

Secretary of State for Education Nadhim Zahawi MP has announced money for 1,405 projects at 1,129 academies, sixth-form colleges and voluntary aided schools.

Cherilyn Mackrory, MP for Truro and Falmouth, who has three schools in her constituency winning money, said: “Young people are our future and it is important that the Government invests in them and their schools to ensure they have all they need to reach their true potential.

“I am pleased to see Penair School, Falmouth School and Tregolls School recognised in the latest round of Condition Improvement Funding and look forward to seeing the money drawn down and used to help improve the learning environment for pupils in these schools.”