Gove gives green light to build three new Sandwell schools
Education Secretary Michael Gove has handed Sandwell Council an early Christmas present after approving £60 millions plans for three new secondary schools.
The Minister has given the green light for Sandwell to build schools in Tipton, Wednesbury and Oldbury. There were fears the projects would be scrapped after Labour’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme was axed in July.
The three schools, which have been given the go-ahead under the Partnerships for Schools scheme, include Alexandra High School and Batman’s Hill Pupil Referral Unit, Wodensborough Technology College and Woden’s Rise Pupil Referral Unit and Oldbury College of Sport.
Nine other rebuilding projects worth £138m remain axed and the council is taking legal action against the Government over the decision.
Sandwell Council Leader Coun Darren Cooper said: “This announcement is good news for the pupils who will now have the chance to learn in 21st century schools.
“Partnerships for Schools went through the plans with a fine toothcomb to see where savings could be made and didn’t find any.”