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Millions for sixth-formers

PUBLISHED: 17:15 04 February 2009 | UPDATED: 11:16 12 August 2010

SIXTH form students at three schools are set to benefit from improvement grants. Newstead Wood, Darrick Wood and Hayes

SIXTH form students at three schools are set to benefit from improvement grants.

Newstead Wood, Darrick Wood and Hayes School received £5.3 million from central government towards new and improved buildings.

The grant is the first stage in a £12.97 million plan to improve all of Bromley's post-16 provision over four years.

Ernest Noad, Bromley councillor for young people, said: "We have lobbied long and hard to secure these essential funds.

"This is spending to save money long term by avoiding more costly rebuilds if nothing is done in the near future."

Newstead Wood will receive £2.5 million for a two storey classroom and office block.

Darrick Wood will get £1.7 million towards the cost of a new sixth form teaching block.

Hayes School was awarded £1 million to improve its sixth form and a further £120,000 for a speech and language unit.

The council is bidding for further funding for secondary schools from the government's Building Schools for the Future scheme.

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