Nottingham

Ellis Guilford school's £12.1m refit approved

A Nottingham secondary school is to get a £12.1m refit - one of the last to benefit from a scrapped scheme.

Ellis Guilford in Old Basford has got more than £11m from the Building Schools for the Future programme, with the rest coming from the city council.

Work will include a performing arts space, new canteen and a centre for special needs students.

Construction is expected begin later this month, with work due to finish by autumn 2012.

The coalition government ended the Building Schools for the Future programme last year claiming it was an inefficient use of money.

But plans for Ellis Guilford were far enough advanced to be allowed to go ahead, although with a cut of 4% in the government grant.

Head teacher Peter Plummer said: "The young people in the area deserve the very best facilities.

"This is a popular and successful school and we are delighted that our facilities will be even further enhanced, enabling all our youngsters to succeed, whilst still continuing to provide a focal point for our community."

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