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Building Schools for the Future Programme

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many new (a) primary and (b) secondary schools will (i) start construction and (ii) be completed under the Building Schools for the Future programme in each of the next three financial years; and what proportion of those schools will be (i) new build and (ii) refurbishment of existing facilities. (148140)

Building Schools for the Future (BSF) is a core part of the DCSF's capital strategy, providing a new approach to capital investment in secondary schools. The programme aims to create world-class, 21st-century schools—environments which will inspire learning for decades to come and provide exceptional assets for the whole community. Subject to future public spending decisions, the intention is to achieve this aim for every secondary school pupil within 15 waves. BSF was launched in 2004.

In financial year 2008-09, we expect that 51 schools will be completed, of which 34 will be new build and 17 will have been refurbished. A further 155 are expected to start construction.

In financial year 2009-10, we expect that 117 schools will be completed, of which 50 will be new build and 67 will have been refurbished. A further 174 are expected to start construction.

In financial year 2010-11, we expect that 167 schools will be completed, of which 60 will be new build and 107 will have been refurbished. A further 121 are expected to start construction.

These figures represent current plans, and will be subject to change as projects develop. In particular, the scope of projects in waves four, five and six is still in development, with timelines and the ratio of new build to refurbishment yet to be confirmed.

The BSF programme does not include primary schools. Our Primary Capital Programme will provide additional investment of ÂŁ1.15 billion for primary schools between 2008 and 2011, with the assumption that the programme will run for 14 years, subject to future public spending decisions.