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School investment plan approved
A plan to invest more than 73m into transforming secondary schools in Scunthorpe has been approved.

All the town's secondary schools will be rebuilt or extensively refurbished in the next four to five years.

North Lincolnshire Council's plan will also see Thomas Sumpter and South Leys schools closed and the creation of a new school on the Thomas Sumpter site.

The authority hopes the investment, approved by the government on Monday, will help raise standards.

First-rate facilities

Thomas Sumpter and South Leys schools both had surplus places and were merged last month.

They are run by the same governing body and management team but pupils will stay in their current schools buildings until the new school is completed in 2010.

Councillor Margaret Siddell, cabinet member for education, said: "The project will see generations of young people benefiting from first-rate facilities and modern teaching methods.

"Our schools are in need or a major injection of investment, and we are determined to ensure they get it.

"Working closely with the government we will ensure that education standards in the area get a real boost thanks to this once-in-a-generation opportunity."


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