Alnwick is finally set to get a replacement high school on the Greensfield site, opposite Willowburn Leisure Centre. It is likely to open in 2015-16.
Maurice Hall, head teacher of The Duchess’s High School said: “‘I am very pleased that we have moved on to the next phase of our new school development.”
The Education Funding Agency have shortlisted Miller Construction, Laing O’Rourke and Sir Robert McAlpine to compete to provide a total of 12 new schools across the north east in a contract thought to be worth in the region of £94 million.
Northumberland County Council is providing an additional £10 million to support the new school developments in Alnwick and Bedlington.
Mr Hall said: “To hear a specific announcement such as this, identifying nationally renowned companies wanting to build our new High School does make it feel real and exciting. We look forward to seeing what design ideas they have for making learning successful and effective for our next generation of young people.”
Northumberland Estates, who will be leasing the Greensfield site to the council said: “We are proud to support the new high school building project in Alnwick. This announcement is extremely positive and we look forward to seeing the plans progress over the coming months.”
Councillor Robert Arckless, policy board member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council, said: “This is a very welcome announcement and particularly exciting news for the young people of Bedlington and Alnwick. Hopefully these new buildings can help inspire the next generation of learners to achieve.”