£30m set to be invested in four borough schools

A multi-million pound scheme will see four schools in North Tyneside rebuilt.

North Tyneside Council’s application to replace the sites with new buildings has been successful.

This will see John Spence High School, Marden High School, Whitehouse Primary School and Longbenton Community College transformed into new buildings fit for modern day curriculum, with an investment of £30m.

Full engagement with Whitehouse has already commenced and the Education Funding Agency (EFA) will now begin discussions with the local authority and Marden and John Spence high schools to enter the detail design stage.

Meanwhile, the design for Longbenton Community College is almost complete and planning permission has been granted with a contract signature expected soon.

Marden High School headteacher Jonathan Morris, said: “This confirmation marks a new chapter in the history of the school.

“Here is our chance to raise standards even further by providing an ideal learning environment for generations to come.

“This opportunity would not have occurred without the great team work between our governing body and North Tyneside Council in securing this central government capital funding.

“I must take this opportunity to pay tribute to everyone involved.”

Mayor Norma Redfearn added: “Our children and young people deserve the very best education and therefore I’m absolutely delighted that these new build schools have been given the go-ahead.

“We’re now in a position to really get on with our plans which will ensure that all our children and young people – wherever they live – receive a truly excellent education in fantastic, modern, fit for purpose buildings.”

The schools are being built under the Government’s Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP) to rebuild schools across the country that have the greatest need.

Part of the programme will be funded by capital grant through the Department for Education’s (DfE) Education Funding Agency (EFA) and part will be privately financed through an innovative Aggregator funding solution. The projects will be delivered in phases.

Longbenton Community College will open to pupils in Autumn 2016, and Whitehouse Primary School, John Spence and Marden High Schools are all scheduled to open in 2016/17.