Pupils in Northumberland are benefitting from multi million pound investment in schools

20 Mar 2017

Northumberland County Council has committed huge capital investment in education for young people across the county with several projects to provide new school buildings and state of the art facilities.

The local authority has one of the UK’s largest capital investment programmes in schools, investing over £100 million to create the best possible environment for young people to learn.

High schools in the communities of Alnwick, Bedlington and Prudhoe have all benefitted from new schools, with all sites featuring the very latest state of the art facilities. This has been made possible by a partnership between the Priority School Building Programme and Northumberland County Council who invested £12.2 million into the projects alongside the state funding.

Northumberland County Council’s Business Chair, Cllr  Scott Dickinson said; “We have a strong commitment to the young people of the county and are delighted to invest into their future, ensuring they have the best possible learning environment and opportunities for work and training.”

Alnwick’s new Duchess Community High School, which opened September 2016, is located at Greensfield to the south of the town. The impressive two storey building accommodates over 1,000 pupils. In addition to classroom and administration space, there is a three court sports hall and outdoor pitches and surfaces. Northumberland County Council also invested £1.2million to put the highways infrastructure into the new school site.

September 2016 saw the opening of the new Bedlingtonshire Community High School,  built on the old school’s Palace Road site. It also accommodates a multi station cardio gym and dance studio.

Prudhoe Community High School opened in November 2016 and is built on the existing school site on Moor Road. A further £272,000 was awarded by Sport England to increase the size of the hall and supporting accommodation for community use.

Cllr Robert Arckless, Cabinet member for Children's Services said: “The new school sites are very impressive and provide great facilities for the current and new pupils of Northumberland along with members of the community. We’re very proud of the investment into our schools, helping to secure the future of the young people in the county.”

James Calvert Spence College in Amble will also benefit from an investment of £9 million to include relocating the middle school onto the current James Calvert Spence College (JCSC) site on Acklington Road.  In addition, refurbishment of existing accommodation on the site will be carried out, to form one large college to cater for nine to 19 year olds.

The refurbishment of the  school site will bring with it modernised classrooms, upgraded social areas and a new sixth form suite. The school will also provide more opportunities for the local community to use the new facilities outside of school hours.

Additional investment of £57 million will be made into Ponteland, which will see new buildings and facilities for Ponteland Primary School, Ponteland Secondary School and new library and leisure facilities, which will be used by the pupils and members of the community.