STAFF and students at Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School in Coventry after it was announced as one of the first 50 schools to be rebuilt as part of the Government’s new School Rebuilding Programme.
The school, originally built in 1969 by local company Deeleys, is one of seven schools in the Holy Cross Catholic Multi Academy Company (MAC) that was formed in September 2019.
It is expected work on the new £20million school will start this autumn to create a modern education environment with new state of the art facilities.
Headteacher Ms O’Connor said it was great news.
“I am personally over the moon!
“This school benefits from such fantastic staff whose commitment to the community is outstanding.
“To be able to serve the parents and students in a state of the art, purpose built school is something everyone deserves.”
John Teahan, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Holy Cross Catholic MAC, said “We are really delighted and very excited to be embarking on this project.
“The new building programme will be enhanced by the current £4million investment for a new canteen block due to be completed in June.
“Together they will give our students a fantastic new learning environment to develop even further the many successes and strengths of the school.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s transformative school rebuilding programme is part of the plan to ‘level up’ the north and Midlands with the south.
In total 50 new schools are being rebuilt and 21 new free schools created as part of the £1billion investment.
Those selected, which include primary, secondary, special schools and a sixth-form college, will benefit from new, modern, energy efficient school buildings
The initial rebuilds and refurbishments will create modern education environments, providing everything from new classrooms and science labs, to sports halls and dining rooms. The schools being greener will also help the Government meet its net zero target.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “The rebuilding projects are just the start of our major ten-year programme, transforming hundreds of schools and improving the education of tens of thousands of children.
“I am determined to get all children back into education as soon as possible, and will make sure we do not let the pandemic stand in the way of giving every young person the opportunity to succeed, progress and fulfil their potential.”