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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 January, 2005, 08:18 GMT
School launches vision of future
A school in Sunderland has unveiled multi-million-pound plans to transform its facilities for the future.

Oxclose Community School in Washington is the first of seven in Sunderland to be included in the Building Schools for the Future programme.

A multi-media resource centre will be built with hi-tech equipment, as well as a performing arts suite with dance studios and a digital editing suite.

Work begins in August in three phases to minimise disruption to pupils.

Seven other schools are included in two phases of Sunderland's Wave 1 project at a total cost of 95.4m.

Four secondary schools are in the first phase of Wave 1 - Washington, Biddick, Castle View and Hylton Red House.

The remaining three schools are Pennywell and St Robert of Newminster secondary schools and Barbara Priestman, which is a designated special school for children with physical disabilities.

Oxclose headteacher Mike Foster said: "We are delighted to be in the first wave of Building Schools for the Future. This is a once in a career opportunity to redesign the school for the needs of our students for the next 30 years."


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