Northumberland County Council has welcomed the latest announcement from Government that will see three local schools awarded funding.
Schools in Alnwick, Prudhoe and Bedlington will benefit from the funding, although the full details won’t become clear for several weeks.
The Department for Education has awarded funding to three Northumberland schools as part of the £2bn Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) designed to tackle buildings in poor condition.
Paul Moffat, corporate director for children’s services at Northumberland County Council said: “We’re delighted with the news from the department for education and this much needed funding to address the building conditions of these local high schools. The pupils and staff of Bedlington, Alnwick and Prudhoe will be looking forward to the opportunities to improve the learning environment. This is the result of lots of hard work and effort by everyone involved.
“This is great news for young people in Northumberland and comes in the same month that our children’s services were judged as outstanding by government inspectors.”
Cllr Jeff Reid, leader of Northumberland County Council said: "We know this sort of funding can improve the life chances of children across the county. The Duchess's School has the worst buildings in the county and I am absolutely delighted that the Government is making rebuilding the school a priority.
“ I'll be working very closely with colleagues and officers to ensure there are no unnecessary delays in moving forward with Alnwick's new school buildings. I'm also pleased that both the other bids submitted by the County Council, for Bedlingtonshire High and Prudhoe High Schools, have been included in the scheme."