Three local schools getting re-build

10 August 2010, 06:00

Three Stevenage schools are on a list of 33 re-build projects which are going ahead, despite the government scrapping the Building Schools for the Future project.

Lonsdale School, Marriotts and The Nobel School will all get funding.

The Education Secretary Michael Gove made the announcement this weekend - and it's been welcomed by local borough and country councillor Robin Parker.

Since it was announced that several school building projects were going to be scrapped, Mr Parker has been campaigning to make sure those in his area went ahead.

He told Heart:

"I welcome the coalition government's confirmation of its investment in Stevenage's education, to try and build schools which are actually fit to learn in. And I'm very pleased that the government have responded positively to the pressure put on them by, not only myself, but the schools and the governors of those schools."

Mr Parker went on to tell us why the three schools are in need of help:

"They are overcrowded and oversubscribed. Some of them have buildings that aren't fit for purpose. They were all built in the sixties and have not really been kept up to scratch since then - in common with a lot of schools across the country."