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Green light for new 25m school
Work is set to begin on building a new 25m secondary school in County Durham.

The County Council has granted planning permission for the redevelopment of Durham Johnston School in Durham city.

It will be the first school in the area to benefit from the Government's Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme over the next 10 to 15 years.

More than 400m will be spent re-building or upgrading every secondary school in the county. Durham Johnston School is in Crossgate Moor.

The new building for 1,450 pupils will accommodate the Durham Johnston upper and lower schools which are currently on two sites two miles from each other.

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Work is due to start next month and will be completed by April 2009.

The new school will have six playing pitches, two hard courts, an outside performance space, soft play areas, nature conservation trails and wildlife sites.

Councillor Claire Vasey, Durham County Council's cabinet member for children and young people's services, said: "We want to create a whole new learning environment fit for the 21st Century that will inspire our children, young people and their whole families to achieve the very best of their ability."

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