Last reviewed 22 February 2021

Promising to transform education for thousands of pupils, the first 50 projects have been announced at the start of the Government’s School Rebuilding Programme, which is due to deliver 500 projects over the next decade.

More than 70% of the schools are in the North and Midlands and they include primary, secondary and specials as well as a sixth form college in West Yorkshire.

Supported by £1billion in funding, the initial rebuilds and refurbishments will create modern education environments, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said, providing new facilities from classrooms and science labs to sports halls and dining rooms.

Project planning for the 50 rebuilds is already advanced on a number of schools following site visits last year, so construction can begin on the first projects from autumn 2021.

The programme will help create jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities across England, with suppliers offering training and apprenticeships as part of their work on the rebuilds.

“The rebuilding projects are just the start of our major 10-year programme,” Mr Williamson said, “transforming hundreds of schools and improving the education of tens of thousands of children. Alongside this, over 15,500 children will now benefit from 21 new free schools across the country as we look to build back better after the pandemic.”

Ten of the free schools will open in some of the most deprived areas in the country, with three in Opportunity Areas, where the Department for Education (DfE) works to remove barriers that could stop young people from achieving their potential.

The Education Secretary also announced that more than £10 million will be invested to support school sports and swimming facilities in England.

This targeted investment to selected schools will be distributed through Sport England and will build on existing funding to help schools open their facilities outside of school hours, encouraging pupils to be more physically active.