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Barnsley schools get £1bn overhaul

10/07/2009 Joanna
Building work has begun on a new £1 billion scheme set to transform secondary and special needs schools across Barnsley.

Those with special needs teaching jobs will be in line for enhanced facilities as the project will see nine advanced learning centres and two special schools replace the city's existing secondary schools.

The first five centres are expected to open in 2011 with the remainder following within the next four years.

Barnsley council says that the new developments will provide the city with the best schools in the country.

Linda Burgess, the council's spokesperson for children, young people and families said: "These will be state-of-the-art schools for our secondary and special school youngsters, which will provide not only outstanding learning environments but will benefit the community as a whole and transform the landscape."

The scheme forms part of the government's Building Schools for the Future programme where capital funds are diverted to those local authorities most in need.

By 2011, the government expects that every local area will have received funding to rebuild or refurbish at least one local school.
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