Leicester's secondary school rebuilding programme

The £325.4m project has already seen four schools redeveloped.

According to the Leicester Mercury, the next phase can continue once the government releases the cash.

The Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme in Leicester is now worth more than the £247m originally stated because several new schools were not initially included.

Helen Ryan, council learning environment director, said officials were awaiting approval from Partnerships for Schools (PfS), the national organisation which runs BSF. "This outline business case is the final big piece of work before we can crack on with the delivery of the project,” she was reported as saying. “The benefits BSF brings are enormous. It raises aspirations and confidence.

"We have negotiated with PfS, it just hasn't been signed on the dotted line yet, but we are there or thereabouts."

The plans are:

To be approved by the council this summer – Rushey Mead School, mostly rebuilt, at a cost of £20m; Cherryleas Learning Centre, Westcotes, re-modelled, £1m; Children's Hospital School, Eyres Monsell, refurbished, £2m;

To be approved this autumn – Crown Hills College, rebuilt, £23m; City of Leicester College, Evington, rebuilt, £30m.

To be approved by April 2011 – St Paul's Catholic, Evington, re-modelled, £14m; Babington, Beaumont Leys, re-modelled, £10m; English Martyrs Catholic, Beaumont Leys, part rebuilt £17m; New College, New Parks, part rebuilt, £11m; West Gate Special School, New Parks, part rebuilt, £8m; Ellesmere Special School, Braunstone, relocated, £14m.

To be approved by June 2011 – Moat College, Highfields, re-modelled, £11m; Hamilton College, mostly rebuilt, £16m; Ash Field Special, Evington, re-modelled, £4m; Nether Hall Special, relocated, £6m; Keyham Lodge Special, partly rebuilt, £6m.

Others – Sir Jonathan North, West Knighton, partly rebuilt, £12m; Lancaster, West Knighton, partly rebuilt, £16m; Millgate Special, £40,000. New city centre school, £11m, by 2015.