Stockton in line for £31m school buildings boost

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Proposals for £31m of investment in school and nursery buildings across Stockton will be considered by councillors next week.

Stockton Council has secured the fourth highest ‘basic need’ funding allocation in the UK, and a series of investment proposals are set to be considered by the Council’s Cabinet on Thursday (October 6).

They include the expansion of Northfield School and Sports College, Our Lady and St Bede’s Catholic Academy, Bishopsgarth School, Ian Ramsey CE Academy, and All Saints CE Academy.

It is also proposed that the council works with Egglescliffe School to bring forward a much-needed rebuild.

The council’s cabinet member for children and young people, Cllr Ann McCoy, said: “We want all of our children and young people to be educated in modern, inspirational buildings designed to best support their learning, and this comes at a time when the Borough’s pupils are celebrating record GCSE results.

“While the majority of our secondary schools are in good condition and have benefited from significant investment and expansion in recent years, we know pupil numbers are set to grow further, so we’re delighted that our hard work has secured this much-needed funding.

“It’s so important that we plan for the future to make sure our young people get the best start in life. Initial discussions with our schools have been very positive indeed, and schools have been supportive of the proposals.”

Cabinet will also consider proposals to address a shortage of nursery places across the borough, as well as a proposal to expand the council’s Pupil Referral Unit at Marsh House Avenue in Billingham.

If agreed, detailed consultation will be undertaken and officers will draw-up a full plan, with costs, for consideration by Cabinet early next year.

 

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