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09/05/2014

Three New Schools To Be Built In Liverpool

Contracts worth £28 million are set to be awarded for the construction of three new schools in Liverpool as part of Mayor Joe Anderson’s Schools Investment Programme.

A report to the Cabinet on Friday 16th May is recommending that new homes for Northway Primary School in Childwall and New Park Primary School in Kensington are built by Morgan Sindall at a cost of £5.5 million per school, and Willmott Dixon constructs Archbishop Blanch Church of England High School for £17.5 million.

According to the Liverpool Express, both primary schools have reached the end of their natural life and are deemed to be unsuited to modern teaching methods, with classrooms that are undersized and insufficient quality space for teaching. Northway is more than 80 years old with the highest backlog of repairs of all primary schools in Liverpool, while New Park does not have a grass playing field at present. Both schools will be rebuilt on the playgrounds of their existing sites.

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Archbishop Blanch will move from its old and outdated building on Mount Vernon Road near the city centre to a new purpose-built site on Earle Road, off Smithdown Road in Picton. It has been earmarked because it is in close proximity to the existing school and has good transport links. It will educate 900 girls aged 11-16 and have a mixed sixth form.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: "This is a much-needed investment in three schools which desperately need it and is part of my commitment to deliver at least 12 new schools for pupils in the city.

"The new buildings for will be a tremendous boost for thousands of present and future generations of school children and ensure they get the most out of their learning.

"We are working with construction firms to make sure as much of the money is spent locally as possible and benefits the workforce in the city."

(CD)

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