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Secretary of State opens Knowsley’s first BSF school

08 January 2009

The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, the Rt Hon Ed Balls MP, officially opened the latest Building Schools for the Future school – and the first new school in Knowsley – on Thursday 8 January.

Christ the King is one of eight BSF schools to open this month, bringing the total number of schools to open under the BSF programme to 50. The new school is also the first of seven BSF schools to open in Knowsley, all of which will operate extended opening hours, flexible spaces, and multi-use facilities, benefitting local people of all ages.

Secretary of State Ed Balls said:
“We are seeing a genuine revolution in schools in this country. With our massive investment in new school buildings – an eight-fold increase in real terms in capital funding to over £8bn by 2011 – we are opening more new schools this year than at any time in the last three decades.

“Christ the King is the perfect example of a new generation of secondary schools springing up around the country with outstanding facilities right at the heart of their local communities. It is a very exciting day for local parents, teachers and pupils.”
 
Tim Byles, Chief Executive of Partnerships for Schools – the organisation responsible for delivery of the BSF programme nationwide – said:
“Christ the King is the first of the exciting and innovative new schools being delivered by Knowsley and Transform (Balfour Beatty). Their ‘Future Schooling Knowsley’ strategy and the engagement of students, teachers and the local community in developing plans for the new learning centres won the authority two top prizes in our recent Excellence in BSF Awards.

“This is an exemplary BSF project that has brought together and involved all sections of the community throughout its development, and the results of that involvement speak for themselves in the inspiring learning environment that the Secretary of State is opening today.”

The 900-place Christ the King school in North Huyton, which specialises in Engineering, offers a range of flexible spaces allowing one-to-one and small group teaching, lectures, practicals and even outdoor learning opportunities.
The school includes large open spaces which can be used for performing arts, social activities and by community groups.

Notes to Editors:

  • The eight BSF schools due to open in January are:
    The Bridge Learning Campus, Bristol; Fullhurst, Leicester; Talbot Specialist School,   Newfield Secondary, and Silverdale Secondary, all in Sheffield; Christ the King, North Huyton, Knowsley; St Matthews, Manchester; and Sedgehill, Lewisham.
  • A video of the new Christ the King Learning Centre can be viewed on Youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc4WM4cPchY
  • Building Schools for the Future (BSF) is the largest single schools capital investment programme for over 50 years. The aim is to rebuild or renew England’s state secondary schools estate during the lifetime of the programme.
  • Partnerships for Schools (PfS) is the delivery organisation for Building Schools for the Future. PfS was established in April 2004 as a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB), and is operated and funded under a joint venture between DCSF (formerly DfES) and Partnerships UK. PfS is a 100-strong organisation, with specialist expertise including educationalists, designers, ICT specialists, commercial managers and project management.