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Building Schools for the Future Programme

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many Building Schools for the Future projects have been completed in each local authority. (192839)

Building Schools for the Future is a long-term educational investment programme that gives local authorities the opportunity to rebuild, refurbish or remodel groups of schools across their entire estate. As such, no local authorities have yet completed their project; the first ones are due for completion in 2009. However, the programme is now making good progress; 72 authorities are now involved in waves one to six. A further 40 authorities are receiving funding for a single school project. Together with academies, a total of around 1,000 secondary schools are currently developing plans for modernisation—almost a third of the total secondary school estate.

11 schools have been opened to date, and a 12th is anticipated by the end of March. It is expected that a further 35 schools will be completed in the financial year 2008-09.

The schools that are currently open are shown in the following table:

Local authority



Solihull Centre for Inclusive Learning1


All Saints College1

South Tyneside and Gateshead

Bamburgh School1


Chaucer Business Enterprise College1


Oxclose School1


Sixth Form Centre1


Bristol Brunei Academy2


Elmgreen School3


Birches Head High School1


Sandon High School1


The Michael Tippett school

1 Relates to quick wins schools.

2 The first BSF school opened through a LEP.

3 Elmgreen School is new provision that has opened in temporary buildings.

Building Schools for the Future projects have reached financial close in the following local authorities: Bradford, Bristol, Greenwich, Knowsley, Lambeth, Lancashire (phase 1 and 2), Leeds, Leicester, Lewisham, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, Solihull, South Tyneside and Gateshead and Waltham Forest.