Three Salford schools share £70m from BSF

Artist impression of the new Moorside High School
Image caption Moorside High School will be rebuilt on the current playing fields

Three secondary schools in Salford have been awarded £70m to make improvements to buildings and technology.

The money will go to St Ambrose Barlow RC High School and Moorside High School in Swinton and St Patrick's RC High School in Eccles.

Funds have been allocated through the Government's Building Schools For The Future (BSF) programme.

Salford council leader John Merry said it would "make a huge difference" to education in the city.

The £70m will be the second round of funding given to the city's schools through BSF.

In 2010, major investment by the programme allowed redevelopment of Walkden High School and Irlam and Cadishead College and building to start on Oasis Academy MediaCityUK, which is due to open in September 2012.

The new investment will see Moorside High School and Moorside Primary School move to new buildings on what is currently the playing field and the development of a youth centre and a Learning Recovery Unit to support pupils needing extra help with learning and accommodation.

It will also fund the extension of St Ambrose Barlow to include the formation of Salford's first Roman Catholic sixth form and see extra space added to St Patrick's.

The funding will also see £17m invested into information communications technology in all Salford high schools.

Mr Merry said the changes "will make a huge difference to the standard of our education facilities creating high quality learning environments for Salford's young people and additional community facilities".

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