MILTON Keynes Council has been named ‘Local Authority of the Year’ at the British Council for School Environment (BCSE) ‘Best of British Schools’ Awards 2011.
The council’s Children and Young People’s Services beat off stiff competition from other finalists Southwark and Sheffield Councils for the top award which recognises the work carried out by local authorities to create world class learning environments.
Cllr Andy Dransfield, Lead Member for Children and Young People said: “This is an important award for Milton Keynes and recognises that we are well placed to meet the challenge of building schools that are fit for purpose and are also affordable in the current economic climate.
“Of course, the education that our children receive in a school is far more important than how it looks from the outside and raising standards and achievement remains our most important task.”
Commenting on Milton Keynes Council’s win Ty Goddard, director of the BCSE, said: “Milton Keynes Council has overcome some significant challenges and delivered some brilliant schools.
“We were particularly impressed by their rigorous post-occupancy evaluation systems.”
Mark Dolling, Head of Capital and Infrastructure in Children and Young People’s Services, said: “I’m thrilled that our work has been commended at a national level.
“The award is in recognition of the way we plan and deliver projects and engage with stakeholders, as well as the quality of the new and refurbished school facilities we create.
“Everyone involved can justifiably feel proud of their achievements.”
The council’s award winning submission outlined programme management arrangements, innovative stakeholder engagement initiatives and the creation of the Milton Keynes Academy and Brooklands Farm Primary school.