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Anxious wait for Yarmouth school

PUBLISHED: 18:18 10 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:59 03 July 2010

GREAT Yarmouth High School faces an anxious wait to hear whether it will get more than £12m to revamp its outdated buildings.

The school is one of six that Norfolk has put forward in a last-ditch bid to get £80m of government cash from the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

GREAT Yarmouth High School faces an anxious wait to hear whether it will get more than £12m to revamp its outdated buildings.

The school is one of six that Norfolk has put forward in a last-ditch bid to get £80m of government cash from the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

The move means heartbreak for one special school, which has been relegated from the first wave of the programme because its complete rebuild is not ready to start.

But it could spell delight for a number of schools, including two that are set for big projects to transform them into academies.

The county council has come up with a slimmed-down list of schools for BSF, having narrowly missed out when areas were chosen by the government in May to start this month.

The council is hoping that its latest list of building schemes at “wave one” schools will get the go-ahead to begin this autumn or next spring. If the bid fails, the projects will be put back by at least a year.

There is extra urgency because of the uncertainty about what will stay and what will go when the government cuts its spending to reduce the massive debts built up as ministers spent to get Britain out of recession.

If the revamped list is agreed by cabinet on Monday, it will be submitted to Partnerships for Schools by September 17.

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