School buildings to get £150m facelift

PUBLISHED: 11:43 29 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:23 06 May 2010

SECONDARY schools in Stevenage look set to be transformed thanks to a £150m Government handout. The money has come from the Building Schools for the Future programme which was set up to fund rebuilding and refurbishment projects at UK secondary schools. T

SECONDARY schools in Stevenage look set to be transformed thanks to a £150m Government handout.

The money has come from the Building Schools for the Future programme which was set up to fund rebuilding and refurbishment projects at UK secondary schools.

The £150m will be available to Herts County Council around 2008/2009.

The council will now develop plans on how their schools will benefit from the funding.

Stevenage schools were chosen because of their "GCSE results and levels of socio-economic deprivation".

"It is great news for Stevenage. The money is allocated according to the perceived need of the schools in the area," said a council spokesman.

"There are a lot of Stevenage schools that need a lot of work."

Minister for schools Jim Knight described the initiative as "a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform education in Hertfordshire.

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