A TOWN school is due to be transformed after being announced as one of 50 schools taking part in a new government scheme.

Orchard Lea Junior School in Fareham has been named as one of 50 schools across the country to benefit from the Prime Minister’s ten-year rebuilding programme, to level up opportunities for all.

The rebuilds and refurbishments are due to create modern education environments, providing new facilities from classrooms and science labs, to sports halls and dining rooms with the new school buildings also set to be net-zero carbon in operation.

Transforming education for thousands, the 50 projects announced on Monday build on the existing programme bringing the total number of schools being upgraded to 100.

The Government has also confirmed another core funding boost for schools through the National Funding Formula which means every pupil is set to benefit from the largest funding increase in a decade as part of £14.4bn funding increase, first announced in 2019.

This will mean a £4.8bn increase to school funding in the next academic year, and £7.1bn in 2022-23 in addition to the three major interventions made to support education recovery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson said: “The environment children are taught in makes such an enormous difference to their education.

“This programme will give thousands more young people the chance to learn in world class school facilities, levelling up opportunity and making sure every young person has the chance to succeed, progress and fulfil their potential.

“As we build back better after the pandemic, with buildings that are net-zero in operation, this major ten-year rebuilding programme will help to shape the education of not only children now, but for years to come.”