BREAKING NEWS: Rebuild cash success for Alnwick high school

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FUNDING to rebuild Alnwick’s dilapidated high school has been granted, it was announced this afternoon.

Education Secretary Michael Gove announced 261 schools across the country will be rebuilt through the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) – and the Duchess’s Community High School is on the list.

Nearly 600 schools applied for the programme, meaning that over half of all those who applied were unsuccessful.

In a written ministerial statement, Mr Gove said: “In tackling the challenges we face on school building I have been determined to use the capital funding at my disposal to best effect, seeking value for money and efficiency from every pound spent.

“Sebastian James’ review of capital recommended a complete overhaul of the system for allocating capital investment so that we can focus on the repair and refurbishment of schools in the greatest need alongside meeting the pressure for new, good school places.

“Over the past two years we have allocated £2.7billion to local authorities to support the provision of new school places and £2.8billion for the maintenance of the school estate to meet the needs of maintained schools and Academies.

“Over the spending review period, total capital investment will be over £17billion.”

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