A school in west Reading is set to get a £2.4 million renovation after the council won government funding.

Major refurbishment work will take place at the original 1950s block at St Michael’s Primary School, on Dee Road, if approved by Reading Borough Council (RBC) on Monday.

The refurbishment is wholly funded by a capital grant from the Department for Education and all funds needs to be spent by 31 March 2021.

The work, which includes recladding the two-storey block and new fire escape doors, will be undertaken by E W Beard Ltd.

Other renovations include upgrading windows, doors, heating and lighting, as well as a new accessible toilet.

The Policy committee report states that updating lighting to LED and more efficient heating will reduce the school’s spend on energy and the council’s carbon footprint, supporting the climate emergency drive towards zero carbon.

St Michael’s will remain open and operational during the works.

RBC’s Policy committee will vote on whether to approve the works on Monday.

Councillors are also expected to approve another £2.4 million programme of works, with heating and electrical installations to take place across Reading’s community schools and nurseries.

The programme is expected to save schools money, with less repair call outs and lower energy bills, as a result of newer and more efficient systems.