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School revamp after revealing DVD

19 June 09 12:28 GMT

A school in the West Midlands where students sent the government a DVD showing the poor state of their campus is to get a £6m revamp.

The film, which was handed over in 2005, outlined concerns shared by pupils at the Joseph Leckie Community Technology College in Walsall.

They complained of falling masonry, poor drainage, blocked toilets, failed heating and an infestation of rats.

Head teacher Keith Whittlestone said he was "very proud" of the children.

'Great example'

He described the development as "fantastic" and added it was the "first phase" of changes.

Mr Whittlestone added: "We hope with Walsall's inclusion in the government's Building Schools for the Future, of which we are one of the first five schools within Walsall to receive that funding, the whole college will be rebuilt."

The head teacher said he hoped it would be rebuilt in three to four years.

He said: "People talk about partnerships with students and listening to them and this is a great example of listening to what students are telling us."

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