Deputy Leader and Executive member for Education for All responds to BSF announcement

Following Monday 5th July announcement that the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove has taken the decision to bring to an end the Building Schools for the Future programme (BSF), Deputy Leader of the Council Liz Green is confident that funding will be found to build the North Kingston School and expand our existing secondary schools.

Mr Gove plans to replace BSF with a new capital investment programme and Cllr Green is certain that because of work already carried out in highlighting our case for need when applying BSF funding the Council is in a strong place to get the funding it needs.

Cllr Green said “We very much regret the loss of the BSF funding, but we expect to win the case for funding the new North Kingston secondary school because of the pressures for new places, we are sure that there will be funding for the new school and expansions at the other secondary schools across the borough.”

She added “The previous Labour Government dramatically underfunded our primary school system, and this decision now provides an opportunity to put savings from BSF back into the education system. We will now be lobbying for some of these savings being made from BSF to be reallocated to fund the expansion of our primary schools.”

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