+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 3 of 3
BSF Thread, Sheffield BSF in doubt for 8 schools? in United Kingdom (UK) Specific Forums; ...
  1. #1
    roty80's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Sheffiled
    Posts
    86
    Thank Post
    14
    Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
    Rep Power
    28

    Sheffield BSF in doubt for 8 schools?

    From The Sheffield Star newspaper:

    PLANS to rebuild eight Sheffield secondary schools could be scrapped if the Conservatives come to power in the upcoming General Election.
    Spending cuts could pull the plug on the Government's flagship Building Schools for the Future programme, shadow schools minister Nick Gibb has admitted.

    Mr Gibb said only schools which have reached 'financial close' with their developers would see their upgrades definitely completed.

    Four Sheffield schools will only reach that stage by the end of the summer, well after a likely election date in May - Parkwood Academy, King Edward VII upper school, City and Stocksbridge.

    Four more are not set to reach financial close until early next year - Birley, Handsworth Grange, Bradfield and Notre Dame.

    Cancellation of all eight schemes would see £17 million of local taxpayers' money already spent on development costs written off, according to city council estimates.

    Going ahead with all eight would cost in the region of £150 million.

    Mr Gibbs stressed building projects would not be axed across the board, with decisions made on an individual basis.

    But he added: "We think BSF is a hugely wasteful approach to procuring new buildings. It's very 'top down', very bureaucratic and costs a huge amount of money."

    Four Sheffield schools have already been rebuilt, with work on six more currently underway as part of the programme to renew every secondary in the city by 2014.

    Coun Andrew Sangar, Cabinet member for children's services, said 18 months of preparations had gone into plans for schools like City and Stocksbridge.

    "I find it totally unacceptable that the Tories have indicated they would consign planned improvements to many Sheffield schools to the rubbish bin," he said.

  2. #2
    contink's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    South Yorkshire
    Posts
    3,791
    Thank Post
    303
    Thanked 327 Times in 233 Posts
    Rep Power
    118
    I know one headteacher in there who is pinning his hopes on BSF... If BSF gets pulled all his plans will turn to dust...

    Couldn't happen to a "nicer" person either.. Calls everything "my school" but blames the staff for all the mistakes... Never heard of worse morale in my life...

  3. #3

    broc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    England
    Posts
    2,046
    Thank Post
    104
    Thanked 401 Times in 265 Posts
    Rep Power
    150
    I wonder if cancelling a BSF program within an LA part way through could seriously upset the calculations with regard to common shared services delivered by the LEP such as outsourced ICT support, catering, cleaning etc? There could be penalty clauses in place to cover service provider costs....

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. BSF and Birmingham schools
    By Kyle in forum BSF
    Replies: 37
    Last Post: 16th December 2008, 03:36 PM
  2. BSF and Middle Schools
    By localzuk in forum BSF
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 18th June 2008, 07:48 AM
  3. BSF and Special Schools?
    By Squelch in forum BSF
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 29th February 2008, 09:43 AM
  4. How much money do BSF schools get ?
    By User3204 in forum BSF
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 11th August 2007, 12:47 PM
  5. BSF and Private schools
    By tosca925 in forum BSF
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 15th February 2007, 10:00 AM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •