Eastwood school is chosen for rebuild

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LYNNCROFT Primary School in Eastwood is being knocked down and rebuilt as part of a £2bn scheme because it is in a poor state of disrepair.

The school is one of 15 being rebuilt county-wide and executive headteacher Andrew Peason said he was ‘over the moon’.

“The funding means that our pupils will get the chance to continue their primary school education in modern, 21st century classrooms which have been looking somewhat shabby in recent years,” said Mr Pearson.

“We are over the moon.”

Head of school Sara George said: “It’s wonderful news. Really, really exciting.

“The school is 35 years old. It’s got a flat roof and a lot of structural damage that needs sorting out. We’ve even got tree roots coming up in the playground.”

Nottinghamshire County Council submitted a bid for 48 schools to be improved, and was accpeted for 15 – more than any other county nationwide.

It is not known how much of the £2bn pot of money the county will get, but if it is not enough to completely rebuild all 15, some could end up being ‘heavily refurbished’, said a council spokesperson.

Council leader Kay Cutts said: “This is fantastic news for pupils across the county.

“We are absolutely overwhelmed by the number of successful schools resulting from our bid which has exceeded all our expectations.”

Nottinghamshire County Council will find out later this summer exactly how much money it will be awarded for the programme and will tackle those in the worse condition first.

The first schools will be completed by 2014, and the remainder by 2017.

Local authorities could only put forward bids for schools that had repair costs amounting to 30 per cent or more of what would be needed to rebuild them.

Nationally, a total of 261 schools will benefit.