Progress of the council’s school build programme got full marks by council leader Peter Marland and Lead Member for Children and Lifelong Learning, Councillor Norman Miles, on a tour of the school sites.
The ambitious £160m programme will see the creation of seven brand new schools and the
expansion of 12 more, eventually creating more than 10,000 school places in Milton Keynes and
cementing the borough’s reputation as one of the fastest school builders in the country.
The tour was designed to give Councillors Marland and Miles an update on the project with them being given the
opportunity to visit four of the schools.
The first stop on the tour was of the second campus of Brooklands Farm Primary School which is
set to open to 90 children in September 2015.
This modern new school based in the east of the
borough will sit alongside a community facility and includes a 39 place nursery to meet the
growing demand of the young population in the area.
Oakgrove School was the second school visited which the council is working with to create space
for an additional two classes per year group. The £4.7M project will deliver additional classrooms
and specialist teaching areas to cater for a total of 300 additional pupils.
It was then time to visit Shenley Brook End which is set to create an additional 388 places and
finally onto New Bradwell School which will see an extra 221 places created.
Other exciting schemes that are in the pipeline for completion before 2018 include a brand new
secondary school at Brooklands, which will be part of Walton High, planned to open in 2016, as
well as brand new schools in areas where house building is gathering pace such as the western
expansion area and the east of the borough.
The council has also recently signed up to a national framework, known as Scape, to design and
construct new schools and other major construction projects. Scape will help the council provide
value for money and ensure local contractors can be part of the supply chains to provide their
services for substantial elements of the projects.
Councilor Marland said: “I’m delighted that this ambitious capital development programme is progressing well. We want to ensure that all
children living in Milton Keynes can access a school place and I am proud that our team are
working collaboratively with schools to plan well in order to make that a reality. The Scape
framework will also provide a further boost to the local economy through its commitment to offer
apprenticeships, work experience and other opportunities to Milton Keynes residents.”