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Tamworth schools get £100m

Plans to spend £100 million building new schools and improving existing ones in Tamworth have been given the green light by the Government.

Schools minister Jim Knight has confirmed that Staffordshire County Council will be one of eight authorities fast-tracked to start work on its Building Schools for the Future programme this summer.

Mr Knight said: "Building Schools for the Future will transform the shape of education in every single community and future generations will reap the rewards of these fantastic new learning environments and facilities."

After consulting Tamworth's head teachers, a proposed structure for education in the district was submitted as part of the bid.

It calls for all existing secondary sites to be retained, with Queen Elizabeth's Mercian School becoming the sixth form centre for the district and Woodhouse Business and Enterprise College becoming an academy.

Staffordshire County Council's deputy leader Robert Simpson said: "We are ecstatic at the news and I am delighted for the people of Tamworth.”