Three more schools to benefit from second phase of government rebuild scheme

Longdean School joined Kings Langley School as one of the first to be renovated under the Priority Schools programme
Longdean School joined Kings Langley School as one of the first to be renovated under the Priority Schools programme

Three more Dacorum schools are to benefit from a government grant which is already transforming two education establishments in the area.

The Astley Cooper, Cavendish and Hemel Hempstead schools have all been successful in their bids to receive funding in the second phase of the government’s Priority School Building Programme – which has already seen the overhaul of Longdean and Kings Langley schools beginning to take place.

The two schools were among the first 261 to take part in the scheme, which targets the school buildings most in need of repair.

The government has allocated an extra £2billion for investment in more than 270 schools across the country.

The five-year programme is expected to be completed in 2021. Those behind the scheme will get in touch with the responsible local authority, academy trust or voluntary aided body for each school this month and during March, to arrange a site visit to review the best method and timescale for delivering the work.

Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning welcomed the latest funding announcment for the three schools in his constituency, and said: “I am absolutely delighted that these three schools have been successful. With five local schools now scheduled for major refurbishment or rebuilding it shows great confidence in our local schools.

“Providing young people with the best possible education and the skills that they need in life is of the highest priority and this announcement means that more pupils in Hemel Hempstead will be able to study in a first class learning environment and get the investment in their education that they deserve.”

In announcing the second phase of the scheme Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Delivering great schools that can inspire future generations and give them the skills they need to thrive is central to our long term economic plan for Britain.

“It’s thanks to the difficult decisions we’ve made and the strong economy that we’ve built that we can continue to invest in education. This is why today we are committing to rebuild and modernise hundreds of schools across the country – giving children a place to fulfil their potential and secure a better, brighter future.”