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400m revamp for Bradford schools
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Schools will be updated to provide access to modern technologies
Secondary education throughout Bradford is to be transformed after the city council signed a contract for a 400m programme of improvements.

Consortium Integrated Bradford, led by Amey in partnership with Costain, will carry out the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme.

Work can now begin on phase one, which includes rebuilding Buttershaw High, Tong and Salt Grammar schools.

In phase two, six new special schools will be created on mainstream sites.

Phase one, which will give the schools state-of-the-art facilities, is expected to be completed in August 2008.

Phase two will also involve revamping Beckfoot, Grange Technology College, Greenhead and Hanson.

'Whole-hearted commitment'

Partnerships for Schools, the government agency in charge of delivering the national BSF programme, has also signed the contract to form the Integrated Bradford Local Education Partnership (LEP).

The council received confirmation for phase three of the scheme to see the remaining secondary schools refurbished within the next five years.

Councillor Colin Gill said it was the first step towards new buildings and facilities for every secondary school across the district.

"Within five years, pupils will be learning in up-to-date environments that give them access to the modern technology and skills they will need in the 21st Century.

"Bradford Council is whole-heartedly committed to long-term investment in our schools and every aspect of our education system so that we can increase opportunity, pupil attainment and the life chances for young people throughout the district."


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