Stoke & Staffordshire

Michael Gove reviews Stoke-on-Trent's schools plan

Michael Gove
Image caption Mr Gove said he would look at the spending case sympathetically

Education Secretary Michael Gove has revealed he is reviewing plans for a city-wide school-building programme in Stoke-on-Trent.

All the city's secondary schools were due to be replaced or refurbished under the Labour government's Building Schools for the Future programme.

The first building phase was due to start in November, with the final phase being scheduled for August 2012.

Mr Gove said he would look at the city's funding case "sympathetically".

He was speaking in the House of Commons in reply to a question about school funding raised by Rob Flello, Labour MP for Stoke South.

Mr Gove said on Monday: "We have and are looking very sympathetically at the case for additional spending in Stoke."

Mr Flello told BBC Radio Stoke afterwards: "I am not sure we can take comfort that we will get all the money we were promised.

"He did talk about money for certain areas of the country including the likes of Stoke-on-Trent, but let's see if they put their money where their mouth is."

A pupil referral unit for 11-16-year-olds in Trent Vale will be rebuilt and Haywood Engineering College in Burslem will be extended and refurbished in the first phase of building work, the city council said.

Sixteen other secondary schools were due to be rebuilt or refurbished as part of the programme but funding has not been secured for that work yet, it added.

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