Schools awarded repair cash

THREE Hartlepool schools have been awarded cash as part of a massive Government repair programme.

Manor College of Technology, Barnard Grove Primary School and Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School have been included in the £2bn Priority School Building Programme (PSBP).

Details of how much of the funding will be heading to Hartlepool have not been released, but the money was awarded to those deemed most in need of repair and refurbishment.

The town schools are among around 250 successful bids nationally that have been awarded the funding announced by ministers.

In total, 587 schools in England had applied to the Government for money earmarked to fix those in the worst condition.

Education Secretary Michael Gove said: “We have had to take difficult decisions in order to target spending on those schools that are in the worst condition.

“I recognise that many of the schools that applied to the PSBP and have been unsuccessful will also have significant condition needs.

“Some of those will have their needs addressed through the other funding we have made available for maintenance.”

The Government says work on the successful schools is set to begin immediately, with the first repaired and refurbished schools opening in 2014.

The building programme was set up after ministers controversially scrapped Labour’s £55bn Building Schools for the Future programme in 2010.

Under the move, hundreds of schools, including many in Hartlepool and east Durham, which were expecting to have their buildings refurbished or rebuilt, saw their plans scrapped.