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Schools' funding given approval

Lancashire schools are to get an extra £100m from the government's Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme.

The money will be invested in eight secondary and two primary schools in Hyndburn, Rossendale and Pendle.

Nine new schools have been built already with £250m of BSF funding, with a further five due to be completed by September 2010.

The new funds will help to re-furbish existing schools and provide improved sports halls, libraries and classrooms.

'Great news'

Councillor Susie Charles, from Lancashire County Council, said: "This announcement is great news and will enable us to finish the job we have started in the east of the county.

"We are committed to ensuring that this investment delivers the schools that our young people deserve."

The Pendle schools that will benefit are Primet High School, Primet Primary School, Pendle View Primary School, Park High School, West Craven High Technology College, SS John Fisher and Thomas More Roman Catholic High School.

In Hyndburn the funding will improve Norden High School and Sports College and Mount Carmel Roman Catholic High School.

The Rossendale schools to benefit are Haslingden High School and Tor View Community Special School.

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