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Mayor's school plan set for approval

Vision of the future: Notre Dame Catholic College Photo: Liverpool City Council

Multi-million pound plans to build twelve new schools in Liverpool are set to be approved.

Mayor Joe Anderson wants to invest 135 million pounds on a dozen primary, secondary and special schools over the next five years.

A further 34 million will be spent on major investment of other schools most in need.

Our children deserve the very best education, and this investment will deliver huge improvements in the quality of the buildings they are taught in.

We have already seen the first spade going in the ground at Notre Dame, and over the next few years thousands of pupils will benefit from the investment we are making.

I am also determined that we also make sure the project benefits local firms and their workforce as well and we are working to make sure that these new schools are truly made in Liverpool.

– Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Work is already well underway on the first of the schools - Notre Dame Catholic College in Everton - which is set to open in September 2013.

The other 11 schools to benefit are:

  • Archbishop Beck Secondary - start on site at former Long Lane Depot in Fazakerley in April 2013 and opening September 2014
  • St John Bosco Secondary and Our Lady of St Swithin's Primary in Croxteth - rebuild on existing St John Bosco site starting in April 2013, opening September 2014
  • Archbishop Blanch Secondary near the city centre - rebuild on new site (TBC), opening September 2015
  • St Hilda's Secondary in Aigburth - rebuild on new site (TBC), opening September 2015
  • Holly Lodge Secondary in West Derby - rebuild on rear of existing site, opening September 2015
  • Bank View Special School in Fazakerley - rebuild on existing site, opening September 2015
  • New Park Primary in Kensington - rebuild on existing site, opening September 2016
  • Northway Primary in Childwall - rebuild on existing site, opening September 2016
  • SFX Secondary and St Julie's Secondary in Woolton - relocation of St Julies to former Lower Lee site on Beaconsfield Road to create a Catholic boys/girls campus with new buildings at SFX - opening September 2017
  • The Department for Education have also granted funding through the Priority Schools Building Programme which will enable Redbridge and Aigburth High Schools (special schools) to be rebuilt.

This is fantastic news for schools in Liverpool. We have come a long way since the Government axed wave six of the Building Schools for the Future programme was cancelled in 2010.

By working creatively with our schools we have been able to come up with alternative proposals which will transform education for thousands of pupils.

– Councillor Jane Corbett, Cabinet member for education

The city council is aiming for 60% of the spending on the projects to be made with firms employing labour from Liverpool, rising to 70 percent across Merseyside.

The Labour-run council hopes that up to 400 apprenticeships will be created, with a minimum of 250, through the life of the programme.

Funding for the project is coming from a mix of capital funding, receipts from the sale of surplus school sites and council resources.