September 11, 2008

Ministers Tours First of New Schools

By Peter Dominiczak

Regional Minister Rosie Winterton visited Allerton High and Pudsey Grangefield in Leeds yesterday. Together with Rodillian in Lofthouse, they are the first new Building Schools for the Future (BSF) schools to be completed in the city.Over the next three years, Leeds schools are set to receive a financial injection of 260m and schools in Bradford will get 545m.The scheme is set to transform the area's secondary schools and create "some of the most advanced learning environments in the country".The cash will be spent on new buildings, including sports facilities and multi-faith centres.Ms Winterton said: "It really is a privilege to visit new schools which have benefited from the BSF programme and to witness personally the positive reactions from students and staff as they begin the new school year in such impressive buildings."Already, I am hearing of pupils feeling safer, of feeling proud and of students enjoying going to school." More than 180 new or refurbished schools are set to open nationwide as part of the BSF.Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Ed Balls, said: "This term sees the highest number of new schools opened than at any time in the last 30 years with pupils and teachers coming back to study in bright and modern environments with classrooms fit for the future."Chris Edwards, chief executive of Education Leeds, added: "These new schools create environments where our students can work at a pace and style which suits them as individuals."

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