Contracts agreed for delivery of Phase 2 schools under Hackney s BSF programme

On 3 November 2010, Hackney Council awarded contracts to its Local Education Partner(LEP) to completely rebuild or refurbish three more of the borough’s secondary schools, which together comprise Phase 2 of Hackney’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Programme. The ambitous programme will transform Hackney’s secondary and special education needs schools by the end of 2015.

In Phase 2 of the programme, Cardinal Pole Catholic School will be relocated from its two current sites at Victoria Park and Kenworthy Road to a brand new school on Morning Lane, and Our Lady’s Convent High School will be completely rebuilt on its current location on Amhurst Park. In addition, Haggerston School will be fully refurbished and have a new, additional 1400m2 building constructed, extending the school by 15 percent.

Hackney’s recent educational story has been one of rapid and sustained improvement. This year’s GCSE and A-Level results placed the borough above the national and London average for the second year running. Five academies have opened in the borough and the BSF programme will provide modern 21st century environments for the existing secondary provision, ensuring the drive to continually improve standards can continue.

Cllr Rita Krishna, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “It is heartening to see the BSF programme continuing in Hackney, giving all of the borough’s children buildings they can be proud of. Phase 2 of the BSF programme will start the next chapter in Hackney’s continuing educational success.”

The Hackney BSF programme has been developed by Hackney Council in partnership with The Learning Trust and will see every secondary and special needs school in the borough either refurbished or rebuilt by 2015. Each school will have modern IT equipment and a comprehensive facilities management service provided through the programme.

The Council has been working with the LEP, Mouchel Babcock Education (mbe), to deliver its BSF programme since Phase 1 contracts were signed in November 2008. The Programme has already seen the completion of two Phase 1 projects, at Stoke Newington School and at Claption Girls’ Technology College. A third school, Hackney Free and Parochial School, will by completed in 2011 and will conclude Phase 1 works.