TWO MPs have hailed government investment in a secondary school serving both their constituencies

Shortly before Christmas the Department of Education announced that three new East Lancashire schools had been selected for school building upgrades.

They were Colne Primet Academy, Haslingden High School and Sixth Form, and The Hyndburn Academy.

The sums to be invested are expected to run into millions of pounds.

Whitworth High School has already received £17million under the government’s School Rebuilding Programme while All Saints Catholic High School in Haslingden Road, Rawtenstall, was also been included in the first list of schools for investment

Rossendale and Darwen MP Jake Berry said: “I am really pleased that we’ve managed to secure millions in investment for Haslingden High through the School Rebuilding Programme. This new announcement takes the total to three secondary schools in Rossendale who are benefitting from this funding.

“Construction is well underway at Whitworth High School with the new buildings due to open later this year and plans for new buildings at All Saints are also taking shape.

“My next priority is to build on the academic improvements that have been made at Valley Leadership Academy by pressing ministers on the need to add the school to the next phase of the programme.”

Fellow Tory backbencher Sara Britcliffe, whose Hyndburn constituency includes Haslingden said: “I’ve been working with Haslingden High School over the last year to secure this much needed investment.

“This project will transform the school’s facilities, improving the learning environment for every student and building on the great academic outcomes already achieved by the school.

“With funding through this scheme already secured for Hyndburn Academy,this latest announcement shows the government’s commitment to levelling up communities across East Lancashire beginning with our children’s education.”