The final phase of the multi million pound transformation of Wolverhampton's secondary schools is now underway.

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Wolverhampton City Council has this week reached financial close for Phase 3C of the £270 million Building Schools for the Future programme.

Heath Park and Deansfield are the last 2 schools out of 25 to benefit from the scheme and will enjoy a host of new facilities as a result.

Among the features at Heath Park will be a brand new sports block, purpose built teaching spaces for a range of subjects such as science and food technology, a café style dining area and open plan art areas.

Deansfield will also house a new sports block along with purpose built specialist classrooms, activity studio and dining hall.

Some pre-work on the sites of the 2 schools has already begun and both are planned to be completed in time for the 2015/16 academic year, apart from the new sports hall at Heath Park which will come a year later. Provision is being made elsewhere for facilities in the interim period.

Councillor Phil Page, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Learning, said: "We are absolutely delighted and proud to have arrived at this point.

"Reaching financial close for the final 2 schools in the Building Schools for the Future programme is a significant milestone.

"Both Heath Park and Deansfield will reap the benefits that the other 23 schools included in the programme have enjoyed.

"The new facilities will help and inspire children and young people to aim higher and gain excellent results.

"Everyone involved in the programme can feel rightly proud that their hard work and dedication is transforming secondary school education in Wolverhampton."

  • released: Thursday 16 January, 2014