An East Lancashire school has been selected to undergo a full rebuild under the School Rebuilding Programme.

Valley Leadership Academy in Stacksteads, Bacup, joins Whitworth Community High, All Saints High School, and Haslingden High School in undergoing work, taking the total spent on secondary schools in Rossendale to £80m through government investment.

A long campaign was held by Rossendale MP Jake Berry, who hailed the great news that the school becomes the latest in the Valley to be rebuilt.

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He said: “Valley Leadership has come such a long way since it was taken over by Star Academies in 2019. So, it really is the icing on the cake to secure its place in the School Rebuilding Programme.

“This project will transform the school’s facilities, improving the learning environment for every student and build on the academic progress already taking place.

“With four secondary schools across Rossendale now in the School Rebuilding Programme, this latest announcement shows the government’s laser focus on improving school facilities across East Lancashire.”

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The School Rebuilding Programme aims to rebuild or significantly refurbish buildings at 500 schools and sixth form colleges in England over the next decade.

These projects will transform buildings at schools in the poorest condition and create modern educational environments where young people can gain the knowledge and skills they need to excel.

It is said new buildings will also harness modern technologies to be net-zero carbon in operation.