St Philip Howard is set to be either rebuilt or substantially refurbished as part of the Government’s School Rebuilding programme.

The school is on the list of 239 schools that will benefit, the Government has announced.

The Government has said that it will address blocks in need of replacement or major refurbishment, which will be determined during a feasibility stage.

The new projects build on the 161 that have previously been announced, with construction works now nearing completion on the most advanced sites. It means in total, 400 out of 500 schools and sixth forms have now been selected for rebuilds through the 10-year School Rebuilding Programme.

Headteacher Mrs Morris said: “We are delighted that St Philip Howard has been named on the list of schools that will benefit from the Government’s School Rebuilding programme. This is exciting news for everyone connected with St Philip Howard and as a school at the heart of the local community, it is also fantastic news for Glossop. I am particularly pleased for our pupils, who are at the centre of everything we do and thoroughly deserve this.”

Kevin Gritton, Chief Executive of the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust, said this was fantastic news for St Philip Howard and for two other schools in the Trust that have been selected – Saint Benedict in Derby and Saint John Houghton in Ilkeston.

He said: “This really is amazing news, even more so as only 239 schools have been announced nationally for the project. This will be a massive boost for all three schools that have been selected and for their communities. We are delighted for them.”