BSF expands

Cumbria County Council was has been given the go-ahead to join the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

Schools Secretary Ed Balls said that 361.5m would be invested across the county to rebuild or refurbish secondary schools. The total is indicative funding and includes 35.5m for ICT.

It means Cumbria council leaders can now start planning in detail to fast-track their most urgent building projects or deprived areas, far earlier than originally planned, with capital investment released from 2012-13.

The first seven schools in the county to benefit will be:

New Workington

More than 100 local authorities are now in the scheme, with the vast majority due to finish their full BSF projects by 2020 and the remaining authorities in their closing stages.

The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Ed Balls, said: "Cumbria's pupils, teachers, parents and communities will now reap the benefits of high-quality facilities for decades to come. The county will be able to target pockets of deprivation or under-performing schools sooner than was previously possible.”