£10 million school build scheme set to go ahead

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A DONCASTER area school which takes pupils from the age of three to 18 is set for a £10 million rebuild.

The Government has revealed Serlby Park Academy in Harworth will get the cash for a major construction project at its site on Whitehouse Road.

Bosses at the school, which is run by the School Partnership Trust Academies chain, say the cash will enable all of Serlby Park Academy’s pupils to be housed on one site, from nursery stage right up until school leaving age.

Bosses say it will bring state-of-the-art facilities in a long-awaited rebuild.

The school converted into an academy only in September.

The academy’s principal, Jo Edwards, who is about to take a one year secondment within the SPTA organisation as an academy advisor, said: “I cannot think of a better leaving present.

“In the four years I have been here we have campaigned to keep the school open and sought the recognition this learning community deserves.

“The rapidly rising standards and the £10 million investment ensures Serlby Park Academy will have a long and successful future.”

Paul Hirst, the chairman of the school’s governors, said: “The Local Governing Body is celebrating the fact that Serlby Park Academy will receive a welcome injection of capital investment.

“We look forward in due course to working with our sponsors, the School Partnership Trust, the council and the Education Funding Agency to clarify the scope of work which is earmarked for the school.”

He added: “This represents a great investment in the future of our school and our community.”

Sir Paul Edwards, chief executive of the trust which runs the school, described the confirmation that the rebuilding would be able to go ahead as fantastic news.

He added: “This represents a great investment in the future of our school and community.”

Don Valley Academy and Askern Moss Road Infants School are also getting cash.