Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Work Starts on School Buildings

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Work Starts on School Buildings

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Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter

WORK has started on the rebuilding of two high schools as part of a PS30m programme.

John Spence Community High and Marden High, in North Tyneside, are both getting new buildings.

At the same time, work is continuing at Whitehouse Primary School in North Shields, which is due for completion in April 2016.

To celebrate the start of the latest projects, turf-cutting ceremonies were held at John Spence in North Shields and Marden High in Cullercoats.

The events were attended by North Tyneside Mayor Norma Redfearn, representatives of the Education Funding Agency, builders Sir Robert McAlpine, headteachers, governors, staff and pupils.

Mayor Redfearn said: "This is a very exciting time for education in North Tyneside and I'm absolutely delighted that work is now under way on the construction of these fantastic new schools.

"Our children and young people work tremendously hard and they deserve only the very best learning opportunities in bright, modern buildings that will equip them for life and work in the 21st Century. The council and the schools have worked hard to secure funding from the Government which has resulted in PS30m now being invested in North Tyneside education.

"The plans have been approved, the workers are busy on the sites and the buildings are taking shape in front of our eyes.

"I would like to thank the Education Funding Agency for the opportunity to improve the educational buildings across our borough, to Sir Robert McAlpine, the contractor and all of their staff for working so well with the schools.

"My special thanks go the schools, their governing bodies, the pupils and their parents for embracing these projects and ensuring their success. At long last I'm pleased to say that it's a time to celebrate. …

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