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Seven schools see rebuild cash under government scheme

By Matthew Bates 24/05 Updated: 24/05 15:02

SEVEN crumbling Coventry schools will see a chunk of government money set aside for schools in poor condition.

The sites had bid for money set aside under a £17 billion government scheme to get private firms to repair school buildings.

But six schools are in such bad condition that education chiefs will use capital funds and start work straight away. They are part of a group of 42 schools nationwide deemed to be in the worst condition.

It is not yet clear which schools will be completely rebuilt.

Alice Stevens School, Ernesford Grange, Richard Lee, Wyken Croft, St Thomas More and Whitmore Park will see cash from Whitehall, while President Kennedy Secondary will be the one site to use money from private firms.

Education minister Michael Gove confirmed the winning schools today (Thursday). He said work would begin immediately and the first batch of new schools would open in 2014.

Mr Gove said: "Today I can confirm that 261 schools will be rebuilt, or have their condition needs met through the Priority School Building Programme.

"Officials have today written to all schools who applied for the programme to confirm whether their application has been successful."

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