Cumbria County Council has been given the go-ahead to join the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.
Some £61.5m will be invested across the county as part of nationwide programme to rebuild or refurbish England's entire secondary school estate. The total includes £5.5m for ICT.
It means Cumbria can start planning to fast-track its most urgent building projects, with capital investment released from 2012-13.
The first seven schools in the county to benefit will be:
- New Workington
More than 100 local authorities are now in the scheme, with the vast majority due to finish their full BSF projects by 2020 and the remaining authorities in their closing stages.