CRESTWOOD School in Kingswinford is to become one of two new borough academies as part of a £200m transformation of Dudley schools.

As part of the ambitious plan, Pensnett High will be bulldozed and school pupils and staff will be transferred to Crestwood's Bromley Lane site - where the new state-of-the-art academy will be created.

Holly Hall Mathematics and Computing College will also be replaced by an academy on its current Scotts Green Close site.

Each of the new sites will house 900 students aged between 11 and 16 and will provide world-class facilities.

The proposals, part of the government's Building Schools for the Future programme, are the biggest ever funding in borough schools.

At least £200m will be pumped into the innovative project and an excess of £10m spent on each of the schools.

Dudley is scheduled to be included in the 2010 round of new schools subject to the government's green light.

All students in the existing three school sites will be guaranteed places at the new academies,w hich are due to open their doors in September 2010.

Students, staff and the public will also be urged to have their say on the future of their schools over the next 12 months.

But every borough secondary school apart from Bishop Milner Catholic School, Summerhill School and Oldswinford Hospital, who have already received makeovers, will benefit and see existing facilities replaced.

Netherton's Hillcrest School and Community College will be expanded to accomodate the increased demand for places at the Simms Lane site.

The dramatic blueprint was revealed by excited council chiefs on Tuesday (December 4) who promised the academies would not be "elitist".

Now the proposals will now go before Dudley's cabinet next Wednesday (December 12) for approval.

Crestwood headteacher Darren Francis said: "These proposals mean every pupil and their families will be able to access state-of-the-art facilities for education and wider community activities.

"I am very excited at the thought of the opportunities that will be available to the community.

"Pupils will be involved in creative, flexible personalised learning pathways that will seek to raise aspirations, educate to the highest standards and equip them for life beyond school as 21st century citizens."

Councillor Liz Walker, cabinet member for children's services, said: "This multi-million investment programme will give us the money and the opportunity to improve all schools.

"It could result in at least £10m investment in each school, which will re-model and possibly rebuild many of our secondary schools in the borough to an extremely hifgh standard, fit for 21st century education."