Laura Sharman 05 February 2021

First 50 schools chosen for £1bn rebuilding programme

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The first 50 schools to receive £1bn funding under the Government's School Rebuilding Programme have been announced.

The announcement marks the start of the School Rebuilding Programme, which aims to deliver 500 modern school buildings over the next decade.

More than 70% of the schools are in the North and Midlands, and will vary from refurbishing individual buildings through to whole school rebuilds.

The Government also announced the creation of 21 new free schools, with ten opening in some of the most deprived areas.

Education secretary, Gavin Williamson, said: 'Today we are launching the first phase of our ambitious new schools programme, with 50 rebuilds and 21 new free schools.

'The rebuilding projects are just the start of our major ten-year programme, transforming hundreds of schools and improving the education of tens of thousands of children. Alongside this, over 15,500 children will now benefit from 21 new free schools across the country as we look to build back better after the pandemic.

More than £10m will also be invested in schools sports and swimming facilities across England.

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