Worry and confusion as BSF halted

Michael Hunt

The Government announced cuts to the £55bn Buildings Schools for the Future programme that will stop 715 secondary schools in the UK being built, including 110 in the North West.

See list below for impact on BSF schools in region

Liverpool emerged as one of the biggest losers in the cuts with 25 school projects stopped. Blackpool, Halton, Warrington and Wigan also saw significant stoppages.

Salford and Manchester, by contrast, have opened 11 and a further 45 planned schools were unaffected by the cuts.

Across the North West, 113 schools were unaffected by the cuts, 31 have already opened or are due to open this year and 21 academies remain under review on a case-by-case basis. Councils will enter into discussion with government to make the case for saving each academy under review.

The whole supply chain of architects, builders and sub-contractors that had enjoyed wave after wave of large school contracts must now look to other markets. BDP's Manchester studio worked on schools in Liverpool, Halton, Warrington, Blackpool and Cumbria. Some are built and open but others have been scrapped or placed under review. The BDP-designed Culceth High in Warrington is due to open this month but six others in the borough have been cancelled.

Gavin Elliott, director of BDP in Manchester, said: "The thing that really strikes me about the spending cuts is what bad news it is for the children involved. There are decent new schools open in Knowsley – not designed by us I hasten to add – and next door in Liverpool there are buildings in an atrocious condition, literally crumbling, that could stay like that for 20 years which is shocking."

Elliott said BDP had switched staff from commercial work to education projects two years ago when the downturn began and had hoped public spending cuts would come after the private sector work had returned.

He added: "As a practice we made the decision to diversify and also to look overseas for new markets which can hopefully make up the balance of work that has dried up here. We have an office in Abu Dhabi where a schools programme is also planned and we are bidding for that. We are looking at China which is an enormous emerging market. The Manchester studio hasn't won work there yet but other BDP studios in the UK have. The new reality is we will have to get on a plane and go and find new work."

Education Secretary Michael Gove said most local authorities that have not already signed contracts with developers to rebuild and refurbish schools will see schemes halted as part of plans to cut £7.5bn of costs over five years. Those that have already completed contract negotiations – reached financial close in trade jargon – will proceed.

There are 123 academies and 14 other prioritised 'sample projects' around the country in limbo where work is significantly advanced but no financial close has yet been reached.

Oldham Council is one such authority where a developer has been selected but financial close has not been reached. Cllr Jack Hulme, cabinet member for children and families, said: "We need time to digest this and consider the future implications for the borough as a whole.

"BSF is a key regeneration programme for Oldham Council. Having recently appointed Balfour Beatty as our preferred bidder, we understand that the Government will review whether we can proceed with the initial phase of this programme."

Hulme added: "[Monday's] announcement that the building of Academies on new sites will be reviewed may also impact on our plans and we are seeking urgent clarification. We believe we have strong arguments, particularly as two of our planned academies bring four schools together on fresh sites. We recognise that any reduction in BSF/Academies will be a blow to both the public and private sectors, and would leave us facing many challenges."

Ian Butler, head of Sheppard Robson's Manchester office, involved with schools in Trafford, Bolton and Sefton, said: "The positive view is that, while the coalition government has identified the need to change the process, they recognise that new secondary schools are still required. The process behind BSF has been identified as ineffective and bureaucratic, which there is evidence to support. However, having said that, concern is that a lot of money has been invested by the private sector in the BSF scheme; millions of pounds have been invested at risk in tendering for projects that have now been put on hold or abandoned for the moment. There will definitely be people out of work as a result. However, the biggest concern is the fact that the educational environment is now going to suffer."

In St Helens, Interserve was appointed preferred developer and began negotiations as recently as June but now also faces a waiting game to see if it can make it through the spending review.

Since 2004, around 180 schools have been rebuilt or revamped under the BSF programme in England. Building is due to start shortly in a further 231 schools. The last government planned to spend £6.5bn on investment in school buildings in 2009/10, as part of Building Schools for the Future and the Primary Capital programme. By 2023, it was estimated a total of £55bn would have been spent on the 3,500 secondary schools in England.


Blakewater/East Blackburn High Unaffected PFI

Darwen Vale Unaffected

Newfield – Blackburn Unaffected

Our Lady & St. John RC Arts College Unaffected

Pleckgate Unaffected PFI

St Thomas PRU Unaffected

St Wilfrid's CofE Unaffected

St.Bede's RC Unaffected

Tauheedul Islamic Girls High School Unaffected

Witton Park Unaffected PFI


Beacon Hill High Stopped PFI

Bispham High Stopped

Collegiate High Stopped

Grange – Blackpool Stopped

Highfurlong Stopped

Montgomery High Stopped

Palatine High Stopped PFI

Park School Stopped

St. George C of E High Stopped

Woodlands – Blackpool Stopped

Highfield High Sample – for discussion PFI

Mountford centre Sample – for discussion

St. Mary's Catholic High Sample – for discussion


Bolton St Catherines Academy Unaffected

Essa Academy Unaffected

Kearsley Academy Academy – for discussion

Bolton Muslim Girls School Stopped

Ladybridge High School Stopped

Little Lever Specialist Language College Stopped

Rumworth Special School Stopped

Sharples School Stopped

Smithills Stopped

Westhoughton High Stopped PFI

Cheshire West and Chester

Cheshire 4 Noodford Lodge Academy – for discussion

University of Chester Church of England Academy Academy – for discussion


Richard Rose Central Academy Unaffected

Richard Rose Morton Academy Unaffected

The Furness Academy Unaffected

West Lakes Academy Unaffected

Mayfield Special Stopped

Millom Stopped

Netherall Stopped

New Workington Stopped

West Cumbria LC PRU Stopped

Whitehaven Stopped


Halton High School Academy – for discussion

Ashley School Stopped

Cavendish Stopped

Chestnut Lodge School Stopped PFI

Fairfield High School – (Proposed for closure) Stopped

St Peter and St Paul Catholic High School Stopped

StChad's Catholic High School Stopped

The Bankfield School Stopped PFI

The Bridge (KS3 PRU) Stopped

The Gateway (KS4 PRU) Stopped

The Heath School Stopped PFI

The Grange Comprehensive High School Sample – for discussion PFI

Wade Decon High School Sample – for discussion


Christ the King Catholic and C of E Centre for Learning Open (09/2009) PFI

Halewood Centre for Learning Open (06/2009) PFI

Kirkby Community LC1/LC3 Open (09/2009) PFI

Kirkby RC LC2 Open (09/2009) PFI

Knowsley Central Community LC6 Open (09/2009) PFI

Knowsley Central RC LC7 Open (01/2010) PFI

South Huyton Community LC5 Open (09/2009) PFI

Highfield SEN Unaffected

SEN at Kirkby Community LC Unaffected PFI


Accrington Academy Unaffected

Fulwood Academy Unaffected

Burnley Sixth form Open (09/2008) PFI

Marsden Heights Open (04/2010) PFI

Pendle Vale Open (09/2008) PFI

Pendle Vale GLD Open (09/2008) PFI

Shuttleworth Open (09/2008) PFI

Sir John Thursby Open (09/2009) PFI

Special D, Sir John Thursby Open (09/2008) PFI

Barnoldswick West Craven Stopped

Colne Park High Stopped

Colne Primet Stopped

Haslingden High Stopped

Mount Carmel RC High Stopped

Norden High Stopped

Oswaldtwistle PRU Stopped

Rhyddings Stopped

SS John Fisher & Thomas More Stopped

Tor View Stopped

Blessed Trinity Unaffected

Hameldon Unaffected PFI

Hameldon (SEN) Unaffected PFI

Unity Unaffected PFI


De La Salle Academy – Liverpool Academy – for discussion

Enterprise South Liverpool Academy Academy – for discussion

Lower Lee Open (09/2009)

Abbots Lea Stopped

Archbishop Beck Catholic Sports College Stopped PFI

Archbishop Blanch CofE VA High School Stopped PFI

Ashfield Stopped

Bellerive Stopped

Bluecoat Stopped

Broadgreen Stopped

Calderstones Stopped

Childwall school Stopped

Clifford Holoroyde Stopped

Fazackerley Stopped

Holly Lodge Girls School Stopped

Mill Road Stopped

Notre Dame Catholic School Stopped

Palmerston Special School Stopped

Parklands Stopped

Redbridge High School Stopped

Sandfield Park PRU Stopped

Shorefields – Liverpool Stopped

St Edwards Stopped

St Francis Xavier College Stopped

St Hildas Stopped PFI

St John Bosco Stopped

St Julies Stopped

St Margarets Stopped

Alsop Unaffected

Broughton Hall Unaffected

Cardinal Heenan Unaffected

Ernst Cookson Unaffected

Gateacre Unaffected

Hope Unaffected

King David (J) Unaffected

West Derby Unaffected


Communications Academy Unaffected

Creative & Media Academy (Boys) Unaffected

Creative & Media Academy (Girls) Unaffected

East Manchester Academy Unaffected

Health Academy Unaffected

Manchester Enterprise Academy Unaffected

The Co-operative Academy Unaffected

Buglawton Hall Open (11/2009)

Castlefield Open (05/2010)

Cedar Mount Open (09/2008)

Meade Hill Open (11/2009)

Melland Open (09/2008)

Newall Green Open (09/2008)

North Ridge SEN – Manchester Open (02/2009)

Our Lady's RC Open (02/2009)

Piper Hill Open (11/2009)

St Pauls Open (09/2008)

St. Matthew's RC Open (01/2009)

Wright Robinson Open (09/2007)

Abraham Moss Unaffected

Barlow Unaffected

Buglawton SEN Residential Unaffected

Burnage Media Arts College Unaffected

Chorlton Unaffected

Inclusion Centre 1 – Manchester Unaffected

Inclusion Centre 2 – Manchester Unaffected

King David High Unaffected

Lancasterian Unaffected

Levenshulme [Girls] Unaffected

New Sen – Manchester Unaffected

Parrs Wood Unaffected

Southern Cross Unaffected

St. Peters Unaffected

St. Thomas Aquinas RC High Unaffected

The Grange Unaffected

Trinity C of E High Unaffected

Whalley Range High Unaffected


Oasis Oldham Academy Academy – for discussion

The Waterhead Academy Academy – for discussion

Blue Coat CE Stopped

Crompton House Stopped

Hathershaw Tech Stopped

New BESD Special School Stopped

New Bridge Stopped

PRU – Oldham Stopped

Royton & Crompton Stopped

Saddleworth Stopped PFI

New RC School Sample – for discussion PFI

North Chadderton Sample – for discussion

Oldham Academy North Academy – for discussion


St Anne's Academy Unaffected

Balderstone – (Proposed for closure) Unaffected

Brownhill Special School Unaffected

Cardinal Langley RC High Unaffected

Darnhill PRU Unaffected

Falinge Park High Unaffected PFI

Heywood – (Proposed for closure) Unaffected

Hollingworth High Unaffected PFI

Holy Family VA Unaffected

Kingsway Park Unaffected

Mathew Moss High Unaffected

Middleton Tech Unaffected

Oulder Hill Community Unaffected

Redwood – ICT ONLY Unaffected

Saxon Hall PRU Unaffected

Siddal Moor Unaffected

Springhill – (Proposed for closure) Unaffected

St. Cuthberts's RC High Unaffected

Wardle Unaffected PFI


Hope Academy Unaffected

Albion Unaffected

All Hallows RC High Unaffected

Broadwalk PRU + Unaffected

Buile Hill Unaffected

Chatsworth Unaffected

Eccles & Irlam Unaffected

Grosvenor Unaffected

Harrop Fold Unaffected

Irlam & Cadishead Unaffected PFI

Moorside High Unaffected

New Park Unaffected

Oakwood High Unaffected

Oasis Media City UK Academy Unaffected

St Ambrose Barlow RC Unaffected PFI

St Georges RC High Unaffected

St Patricks RC High Unaffected PFI

Swinton High Unaffected

The Swinton High/Moorside Unaffected PFI

Walkden High Unaffected PFI

Wentworth High Unaffected


St Wilfrid's Catholic High Stopped

Chesterfield High Stopped

Crosby High Special Stopped

Hillside High Stopped

Impact KS4 PRU Stopped

Meols Cop Stopped

Presfield Special Stopped

Savio Salesian College Stopped

St George's CE Stopped

Litherland High School Unaffected

St Helens

Hope Academy Unaffected

Sutton High Academy Academy – for discussion

Cowley Language College Open (09/2009)

Catholic Learning Campus Stopped PFI

Haydock Stopped PFI

KS3 / KS4 PRU Stopped

Lansbury Bridge Stopped

Mill Green Stopped

Penkford Stopped

Rainhill High Stopped

De La Salle – St Helens Sample – for discussion

Rainford High Technology Sample – for discussion PFI


Droylsden Academy Unaffected

New Charter Academy Unaffected

Alder Open (04/2010)

All Saints RC Language College Stopped

Audenshaw School Stopped

Copley High School Stopped

Fairfield High School for Girls Stopped

Longdendale Language College Stopped

St Thomas Moore RC Maths & Computing College Stopped

West Hill Science College Stopped

Astley Sports Unaffected

Cromwell Unaffected

Dale Grove (KS3/PRU at Hyde) Unaffected PFI

Globe Lane (KS4/PRU) Unaffected PFI

Hyde Tech Unaffected PFI

KS3 PRU Unaffected

Mossley Hollins Unaffected PFI

New Denton Unaffected PFI

Samuel Laycock Special Unaffected

St Damians Ashton Unaffected PFI


Trafford Academy Academy – for discussion

St. Ambrose College Unaffected


Culcheth High School Open (07/2010)

Fox Wood Special School Stopped

Green Lane Community Special School Stopped

Lysander Community High School Stopped

Penketh High School Stopped PFI

Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School Stopped

William Beamont Community High School Stopped PFI


Abraham Guest High School Open (04/2010)

14-19 centre Stopped

Bedford Stopped

Hindley Stopped PFI

Lowton/Golborne Stopped PFI

Westleigh Stopped


Birkenhead High School Academy Academy – for discussion

Woodchurch High School Unaffected

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By Matt Gill

There is no compelling economic reason for these cuts. Such measures are damaging to the prospects of recovery. Only right wing zealots believe in rigorous contraction of government commitments. The government is telling a very big lie about the nature of Britain’s economic stability. Unfortunately people seem to want to believe it. There was a perfectly decent well founded proposal to reduce the national deficit by 50% in four years in place when the Coalition took office. Why is this big lie about financial crisis being told by the government not being challenged more rigorously in the news media? Only once on BBC’s News Night and last sunday in William Keegan’s Observer column has a cogent, authoritive, challenge to the boloney being purveyed by the government been given an airing. These cuts are certain to raise unemployment, demoralise teachers and parents and cutail the life chances of the children caught up in them. Resist them. Inform yourselves about the realities of Britain’s economic situation and challenge the untruth that national debt has to be paid of in full in five years.

By michael mcdowell

this sort of announcement just makes me think one thing, it finds out the good and bad councils. 25 stopped in Liverpool. 25 in Manchester unaffected. Quel surprise.

By DefCon

of all the things to cut. Heartless Tory scum

By Matt

One word: Trident

By Ol

Welcome to leader position Mr Joe Anderson :)

By Dave

UPDATE: adds BDP reaction

By Ed

In response to Def Con’s comments re: Liverpool Council vs Manchester Council, somebody needs to do their research a bit more! This has nothing to do with Local Authorities. Manchester was part of the Wave 1 scheme, Liverpool wave 2 which explains why Manchester has been relatively unaffected. I am currrently working on projects in the Wave 4 phase – all stopped – it has nothing to do with local authorities so stop trying to stoke up some pathetic Liv vs Manc argument and get your facts right please!

By Chris M

Chris M – as you’re such an expert can you tell us why Manchester was in wave 1 and Liverpool was in wave 2 – it doesn’t exactly dispel my point that Manchester is earlier to latch on to things than Liverpool

By DefCon

Def Con – Waves were based purely on need – schools in poorest condition went first, which explains why Manchester (and Knowsley for that matter) were in wave 1 and Liverpool wasnt. Happy to be an expert educating your mind.

By Anonymous

What will become of the building in Huyton that Christ the King Centre for Learning is housed in if it does close? I heard an interesting comment from a mother of a daughter, who attends the school, saying that it’s the government playing god with her child’s education and listening to these angry reactions it makes you wonder what on earth this so called ‘future’ school was built for in the first place? I, like many, thought it was the way forward but the Con-Dems don’t seem to think so. I just don’t get it?

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