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Building Schools for the Future Programme: Greater London

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects (a) Leyton and Leytonstone schools and (b) Wanstead and Snaresbrook schools to be included in the Building Schools for the Future programme; and if he will make a statement. (157832)

The London borough of Waltham Forest has been prioritised as wave one and five of the Building Schools for the Future programme. Waltham Forest reached financial close on their BSF wave one project on 31 August 2007. Construction has commenced and the first schools are due to be open by September 2008. Wave five includes Leyton, Leytonstone and Chingford, and will be eligible for funding from 2009-10.

Conversations and preparatory work are currently ongoing between the local authority and DCSF officials, regarding Waltham Forest's strategy for secondary education, and the requirement that strategy places upon the physical school estate. Formal engagement will commence on wave five once the LA has demonstrated their readiness to deliver.

Redbridge (including Wanstead and Snaresbrook) is currently programmed as wave 13 to 15.