Three Somerset school rebuild projects saved


The education secretary has given the go-ahead to three school rebuild projects in Somerset that faced uncertainty.

Michael Gove's announcement means work can start on Chilton Trinity, Elmwood and Robert Blake schools in Bridgwater.

Funding for Taunton's planned academy is undecided and work on three more Bridgwater schools is under review.

The coalition government announced it was dropping the Building Schools For The Future scheme in July.

Funding for the Taunton academy will only be decided after the spending review in the Autumn.

'High on the list'

Work at Haygrove, East Bridgwater and Penrose Schools in Bridgwater will also be considered then.

A pool and leisure centre to be built alongside Chilton Trinity School as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme was given the go-ahead in February.

Duncan McGinty, leader of Sedgemoor District Council, said: "Obviously we are very pleased that Chilton Trinity will be going ahead because our leisure facility hinges on that.

"But we are disappointed that the other three schools in Bridgwater will be on the list of those not going ahead at this time until a further review of capital projects in education takes place."

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