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Building Schools for the Future Programme

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects work to begin on the new build elements of the Building Schools for the Future programmes in Pendle at (a) Colne Park High School, (b) Fisher More Catholic High School, (c) West Craven High Technology College and (d) Colne Primet High School; and if he will make a statement. (304664)

Lancashire county council was among the 13 local authorities which have recently been given approval to rebuild or refurbish secondary schools in their area as part of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. Pending a successful Remit meeting, Lancashire will formally enter the programme for their next phase of BSF investment by April 2010.

Colne Park High, Fisher More Catholic High, West Craven High Technology College and Colne Primet High School are included in this phase of Lancashire's project. Work is currently scheduled to commence around April 2011 and complete by September 2012; this timetable is subject to review as the project develops.

Lancashire BSF

Future BSF projects: First follow-on project due to begin before April 2010.

BSF schools open to date: Three.

Total capital investment: Wave 1 £33.7 million (conventional funding—Excl academies); £246.6 million (PFI credits).

Total number of schools: Nine plus two Academies

First follow-on project

Remit meetings are currently being arranged and it is anticipated that Lancashire shall formally enter into the next Wave of investment in their BSF programme before April 2010.

Colne Park High, Fisher More Catholic High, West Craven High Technology College and Colne Primet High School are included in the first follow-on project and the indicative programme indicates that work on these schools will commence around April 2011 and complete by September 2012. However, it is important to note that this programme is subject to review as work progresses.