Multi-million pound plan to refurbish and rebuild schools

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THE FUTURE is bright for a trio of Dispatch-district schools which will benefit from a funding pot of £2 billion to rebuild or upgrade dilapidated buildings.

In Hucknall, the cash will be splashed on the neighbouring Annie Holgate Junior and Annie Holgate Nursery and Infants Schools on High Leys Road.

In Bulwell, Springfield Primary School is celebrating the boost, which has been announced under the government’s Priority School Building Programme.

The exact funding details and news of which schools will be completely rebuilt have not been released yet by Whitehall.

But in the Dispatch district, the schools that will benefit are celebrating nonetheless.

Rose Jones, head teacher at Annie Holgate Junior, said that staff, parents and pupils were over the moon with the news. The school has 175 pupils on the register aged between seven and 11 years old.

“We’ve been waiting with bated breath for this news and are so excited that we are on the final list,” said Mrs Jones.

“There are a lot of urgent repairs needed to the infrastructure, like repairing brickwork, re-plastering and flooring so we are looking forward to getting notification of how much money will be spent and when it will start.”

A total of 18 schools in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire will be rebuilt or refurbished under the scheme.

The successful schools were selected from bids submitted by Notts County Council and its Nottingham city counterparts to the government last autumn.

The news at Annie Holgate Junior is the latest boost for the school, which came out of ‘Special Measures’ earlier this year after it was blasted for not providing a satisfactory standard of education.

OUR PHOTO shows Annie Holgate Junior head teacher Rose Jones celebrating at the school with pupils — DISPIC NHUD12-1371-1.