Four schools in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle have been prioritised for the government’s School Rebuilding Programme.

St Aidan’s Catholic Academy, Sunderland and St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Sunderland within Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, and St Leonard’s Catholic School, Durham and St Joseph’s Junior School, Birtley within Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust will have one or more buildings replaced or refurbished.

Deborah Fox, Diocesan Director of Education, said, ‘This is a wonderful opportunity for the further development of high quality provision in our Catholic schools’.