Published on 30th November 2022

Belmont school celebrates £68k funding from council for accessible facilities

Funding thanks to council’s community capital grant

Belmont School has carried out £68k improvements to its facilities, thanks to community capital grant funding from Cheltenham Borough Council.

The Cheltenham school, which caters for children with moderate and complex learning needs, now has a purpose built disabled adapted wet room with accessible toilet facilities, a stretcher bed for washing and showering, and hoisting facilities.

Access to the new wet room has been improved with wider doorways and level access from inside the school, and ramped level access from outside. Cheltenham communities can also benefit from using these facilities at external events that may be held at the school.

Kevin Day, Belmont School head teacher, said: “We’re delighted to receive this grant. This additional inclusive facility has made a world of difference to the school and also to the community groups who use our site, including Goals Beyond Grass, an accessible cycling group. It is a cornerstone facility for inclusive activities and respite care at Belmont both in and out of school hours.”

Cllr Flo Clucas member for communities and safety, said: ‘‘This is terrific news! I’m delighted to see this grant awarded to Belmont School. It not only gives the school better facilities but also opens up their fantastic facilities to our local communities.

“Cheltenham Borough Council’s disabled facilities capital fund, financed through the county council’s ‘Better Care Fund’, is open to applications. If any Cheltenham communities or organisations believe they could offer improved inclusive facilities I’d strongly encourage them to make an application.’’

To find out more about the disabled facilities capital fund and application form visit the council’s website.


For media enquiries, contact: communications, telephone 01242 264231, email communications@cheltenham.gov.uk.

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Find out more about Belmont school and its facilities on the Belmont school website 

Goals Beyond Grass is a charity delivering inclusive sports and activities throughout Gloucestershire.

Image (left to right):

Belmont school Head teacher Kevin Day, Bettridge pupils AJ & Joana with Miss Talbot, Goals Beyond grass participant Sue, Cllr Flo Clucas cabinet member for communities & safety, Belmont pupils Zac & Charlie, Goals Beyond Grass lead cycling coach Mary-Clare Faulkner, and physiotherapist Piers.

Watch the video on the council's You Tube channel