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Tuesday, 26 March, 2002, 17:56 GMT
Extra cash will transform schools
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The cash will improve facilities for the students
Schools in Swindon and Bristol are celebrating a cash windfall worth millions of pounds.

The schools have been told they are in line for money which will transform old buildings and create new ones.

Swindon is being given 58m while Bristol schools have been successful in their bid for 49m.

The money will go towards rebuilding schools in Bristol, such as Henbury and Bedminster Down.

This is a very encouraging first step and we look forward to working with schools to find the best way of using this money

Diane Bunyan

Not everyone has been successful, however.

There was disappointment for many who wanted a new school in Bradley Stoke on the outskirts of Bristol.

The money, which is from the private finance initiative and comes from a consortium of companies, is allocated by the government.

Diane Bunyan, deputy leader of Bristol City Council, said: "This is the biggest capital injection ever into our schools and comes at the right time to support the ongoing transformation of secondary education.

Spending blueprint

"This is a very encouraging first step and we look forward to working with schools to find the best way of using this money to improve teaching and learning environments."

A council spokeswoman added: "We will now sit down and work out how we are going to best use the money.

"We've probably got eight or so we'd like to do work on - Henbury, Hartcliffe, Bedminster Down, Brislington, Monk's Park, Portway, Speedwell and Whitfield in Fishponds.

"We have various reference projects and a shopping list of what ideally we'd like for each school."

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