Sidestrand Hall School is to become the first in North Norfolk to benefit from over £1bn of government investment in the School Rebuilding Programme.
As part of the levelling up agenda, 161 schools across the country have so far been selected to receive this investment to deliver state-of-the-art facilities, improving opportunities for children. A total of 300 schools are expected to be confirmed in 2022-23, delivering on the Conservatives' manifesto commitment to give every child access to a great school and a world-class education.
Work to rebuild the schools announced already will start immediately, creating jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities across the country.
Education Secretary James Cleverly said:
Our School Rebuilding Programme is already making a difference to the lives of pupils and their teachers. It is creating greener school sites that are fit for the future and that local communities can be proud of. We know how important it is to have high-quality school facilities. That is why we continue to invest billions in our rebuilding programme.
Sidestrand Hall School caters for pupils aged 7-19 years with wide-ranging, complex needs. The school stands in 15 acres of countryside on the North Norfolk coast, and has a range of specialist facilities including a gardens, a greenhouse, woods with a bike trail, a go-kart track, mechanics and construction workshops, science lab, food technology room, sensory room, purpose built Sixth Form, and residential units.
Duncan Baker, MP for North Norfolk commented:
I am delighted that Sidestrand Hall School is the first in our constituency to receive much-needed support from the School Rebuilding Programme. The school does extraordinary work with a wide range of students and they truly deserve this boost and this financial investment. The government continues to invest in levelling up right across the country, and I'm pleased that the East of England - and North Norfolk - are receiving this kind of investment and support.