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Battle to save Victorian schools from bulldozers

Hundreds of Victorian school buildings are at risk under a Government policy that favours demolition over refurbishment, heritage campaigners say.

The buildings, many constructed in the early days of free education, are often structurally sound but need some work to fit them for modern needs.

Campaigners say they were built to higher standards than post-war schools but fear that they will be lost under the Building Schools for the Future programme, which aims to rebuild or renew every secondary school in England over the next 10 to 15 years.

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