Education Matters: Secondary Schools Line Up for Share of Pounds 206m Rebuild
Byline: Shahid Naqvi Education Correspondent
Up to 20 crumbling Midland secondary schools could be in line for a pounds 206 million makeover as part of a Government scheme.
Local education authorities in Solihull and Stoke-on-Trent have passed the Government's first test to qualify for funding to rebuild dilapidated secondary schools from 2005.
The authorities submitted bids which have been provisionally accepted and are now discussing refurbishment plans with the Department for Education and Skills.
In October, Solihull put forward a pounds 79 million bid to modernise three secondary schools in the north of the borough over the next five years.
Stoke-on-Trent bid for pounds 127 million for 17 of its secondary schools, five special schools and two pupil referral units.
Coun Ken Meeson (Con Packwood), cabinet member for education and children at Solihull Council, said: 'This is terrific news. We are committed to raising educational standards and this will contribute significantly to our objective of ensuring a brighter future for our children.' Terry James from Stoke-onTrent City Council said: 'The schools we have chosen have buildings that are very badly in need of refurbishment. …