Government reveals 50 schools in £1bn rebuilding programme

Aerial view of the construction of the Deanery school in Wichelstowe, Swindon (Image: Dreamstime/Bagwold)

The government has revealed the locations of 50 schools confirmed for the £1bn first wave of a 10-year rebuilding programme.

The School Rebuilding Programme aims to deliver 500 rebuilding projects over the next decade.

The schools in the first wave include primary, secondary and special schools, as well as a sixth form college in West Yorkshire.

More than 70% of the schools are in the North and Midlands.

Further details about the programme will be set out later this year. Projects will range from replacing or refurbishing individual buildings through to whole school rebuilds. 

Education secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Today we are launching the first phase of our ambitious new schools programme, with 50 rebuilds and 21 new free schools.

“The rebuilding projects are just the start of our major ten-year programme, transforming hundreds of schools and improving the education of tens of thousands of children. Alongside this, over 15,500 children will now benefit from 21 new free schools across the country as we look to build back better after the pandemic.”

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  1. Very good news but who is overseeing the quality of design on Projects not just overall competitive cost on behalf of the Public. It seems that the ‘Client – HM Government ‘ie us is missing the stage of independent Design by Architects prior to tendering by Contractors, -Remember this is a vast sum of public money and these buildings will be with us for a long time. If funding goes direct to Contractors they are in the driving seat pushing the Architect to be just a cog in the wheel and possibly compromising on innovation ,quality ,independence and therefore losing an opportunity to create a long standing legacy of good quality Buildings.

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