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Merseyside schools set for windfall.

THREE Wirral schools are celebrating a pounds 2.18mboost which will transform their facilities.

Education chiefs are also celebrating after learning Wirral is the only authority in the region to have backing for two major schemes from the Department for Education and Science.

Rock Ferry High, which was hit by a fire last year, will get pounds 644,000 for a new science block, and Pensby Boys and Pensby Girls schools will share a pounds 2.3m sports hall.

Rock Ferry head teacher Peter Bennett said: ``This is an absolutely wonderful opportunity and, given the setback we suffered at last year's devastating fire, this news couldn't come at a better time.

``The money means we can look forward to having state of the art science facilities and will release our Highfield Building for classroom space.''

The DfES funding will be added to pounds 1.9m from the LEA and fire insurance to create the up-to-date science block.

The two Pensby schools are to share the sports hall, paid for with pounds 1.54mfrom the DfES, and the rest from other sources, including a DfES modernisation grant, Wirral Trust for Sport and the council.

Pensby Boys head teacher Brian Jordan
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     said the news would ``supercharge'' his school's application to become a specialist school sports college Sports Colleges were introduced as part of the Specialist Schools Programme in the United Kingdom. The system enables secondary schools to specialise in certain fields, in this case, PE, sports and dance.  from September.

    And Pensby Girls' head Steve Hyden said: ``It's terrific news that will bring much needed sports facilities See:
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     to the area.'' Wirral's director of education, Howard Cooper Howard Pennett Cooper played cricket for Yorkshire County Cricket Club from 1971 to 1980 and for Northern Transvaal in the 1973/4 season

    Born on the 17th April 1949 in Great Horton, Bradford he was a right arm medium pace bowler and tail end left handed batsman.
    , said: ``This is absolutely fantastic news for the area.

    ``We now intend to pursue all possible sources of funding to give all our children the facilities that they need and deserve.''
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    Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
    Date:Feb 18, 2004
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