Saint Benedict is set to be either rebuilt or substantially refurbished as part of the Government’s School Rebuilding programme.

The school is on the list of 239 schools that will benefit, the Government has announced today (16.12.22).

The Government has said that it will address blocks in need of replacement or major refurbishment, which will be determined during a feasibility stage.

The new projects build on the 161 that have previously been announced, with construction works now nearing completion on the most advanced sites. It means in total, 400 out of 500 schools and sixth forms have now been selected for rebuilds through the 10-year School Rebuilding Programme.

Mrs Boyce said the news was a great boost for the school community.

She said: “We are delighted for everyone connected with the school after many years of campaigning and we are particularly pleased for our pupils, who deserve surroundings that match the excellent education and pastoral care that they receive at Saint Benedict.”

Saint John Houghton, in Ilkeston, and St Philip Howard, in Glossop, both part of the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust, have also been selected.

Kevin Gritton, Trust Chief Executive, said this was fantastic news for all three schools.

He said: “This really is amazing news, even more so as only 239 schools have been announced nationally for the project. This will be a massive boost for all three schools that have been selected and for their communities. We are delighted for them.”