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Review of school numbers could affect BSF

The government has launched a review into the number of schools needed in the UK after finding 800,000 places were surplus to requirements - raising questions about the extent of the Building Schools for the Future scheme.

Tim Byles, head of Partnerships for Schools, the body overseeing the BSF scheme, said: “BSF isn't just about bricks and mortar, it's about transforming the face of education for generations to come.

“Key to that is ensuring that we are building the right schools in the right places.

“In some areas pupil numbers are falling and in others they are rising and BSF reflects that.”

The report coincides with news this week from Lancashire County Council that it is to downsize one of the schools in its BSF scheme from 1,050 places to 750 due to a fall in the number of pupils in the area.

Hameldon College, a new build created by merging two secondaries in Burnley, is due to be ready for September 2010.

Source: Infrastructure Journal