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Boost for Southampton BSF scheme

Southampton City Council expects to shortlist contractors for its Building Schools for the Future programme in the next year after receiving Government approval last week.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families backed the Hampshire city’s outline plans for its BSF scheme – thought to be worth about £150 million.

Seven secondary schools will be rebuilt or remodelled, three will receive investment in ICT and up to four special schools will also be revamped. The first wave, which will focus on five schools, is worth in the region of £80 million.

Partnerships for Schools chief executive Tim Byles said: “Receiving approval is a significant milestone for Southampton’s BSF project, as it lays the groundwork for bringing new and improved schools for students, teachers and the communities they serve.

“At its heart, BSF is about transforming education and improving the life chances of young people and I look forward to seeing the difference that it makes in Southampton.”

This September, 100,000 young people are returning to educational establishments that have benefitted from BSF.

Around 33 schools across England will open their doors this month, bringing the total number to have received BSF investment to 120.