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School rebuilds: start of £19.8m construction
Dean White - June 2, 2015

A £2.4bn initiative…

Work is to begin at three schools as part of the Government’s flagship school building programme.

Two schools in Newcastle and one in Durham hosted official turf cutting ceremonies to mark the start of construction work to replace school buildings in need of repair.

The three schools are among 31 across the north-east which will be rebuilt or refurbished under the first phase of the government’s priority school building programme (PSBP) – a £2.4bn initiative to address the needs of 260 of the schools in England in the worst condition. They are:

Prudhoe High School, Newcastle, which will benefit from a new building, including a four-court community sports hall, for 883 pupils as a result of its £14.6m building project

Whitehouse Primary School in North Tyneside, Newcastle, which will receive a new building for 210 pupils through its £3.1m building project

St Joseph RCVA Primary School in Coundon, Durham, which will receive a new building for 155 pupils, through its £2.1m building project

Schools Minister Lord Nash said:

“As part of our long-term economic plan we are investing in school buildings across the country, so we can transform the learning environment for tens of thousands of pupils and their teachers while delivering value for money for the taxpayer.

“The start of construction work at Prudhoe High School, Whitehouse Primary School and St Joseph RCVA Primary School marks a key milestone for the Priority School Building Programme in Durham and Newcastle.

“As part of this government’s commitment to social justice, we want all children, no matter what their background or where they live, to have access to the best possible schools and to learn in an environment that gives them the knowledge and skills to succeed in modern Britain. These new school buildings will provide modern, fit-for-purpose facilities for pupils and staff for many years to come.”

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