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Four BSF openings take new school tally to 58

Four schools constructed under the £55 billion Building Schools for the Future scheme have opened their doors this month, it was announced today.

Schools in Durham, Lambeth, Leicester and Lewisham took the total number of BSF schools in operation to 58.

The Government has pledged to rebuild or refurbish all 3,500 state secondary schools in England by 2023. Delivery body Partnerships for Schools said the latest round of openings showed that BSF was gathering pace after a slow start.

PfS chief executive Tim Byles said: “With 58 BSF schools now open across the country, the national programme to rebuild and renew secondary schools is gaining momentum.

“BSF is now giving many young people a fresh start and the chance to re-evaluate what they want to do with their lives by providing 21st century learning environments in which they can flourish and reach their full potential.”

The four BSF schools to open this week were Durham Johnston Comprehensive School in Durham, Stockwell Park High School in Lambeth, Beaumont Leys School in Leicester and Catford High School in Lewisham.