Liverpool schools' improvement plan approved

Plans for 12 new schools are set to be approved
Image caption Notre Dame Catholic College in Everton is one of the schools to benefit

Councillors have approved multi-million pound plans to transform Liverpool's schools.

The city council announced the proposals to rebuild 12 schools and invest in several others last week.

It is hoped the scheme will create 400 apprenticeships and boost jobs in the city, as the council has pledged to recruit most of its labour locally.

The five-year plans were approved by the mayor's cabinet at a meeting on Monday.

The council has said it would benefit schools which had not been improved when the government cancelled the Building Schools for the Future programme in 2010.

Schools to benefit from rebuilding work include: Notre Dame Catholic College in Everton, which is already under way; Archbishop Beck Secondary in Fazakerley; St John Bosco Secondary and Our Lady of St Swithin's Primary in Croxteth; Archbishop Blanch Secondary near the city centre; St Hilda's Secondary in Aigburth; Holly Lodge Secondary in West Derby; Bank View Special School in Fazakerley; New Park Primary in Kensington; Northway Primary in Childwall and SFX Secondary and St Julie's Secondary in Woolton.

The project will be paid for with capital funding, receipts from the sale of surplus school sites and council resources.

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