Nine new or expanded schools have opened their doors this week as part of the council’s £160M school build programme, ensuring that every child in Milton Keynes has access to a good local school place.
One of the nine schools is the second campus of Brooklands Farm Primary School which is set to eventually provide an extra 630 school places.
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. Other schools opening new facilities this September include New Bradwell School - 210 places, Oakgrove School – 300 places and Heronshaw School – 90 places. In total, the nine projects will provide in excess of 1700 new school places.
Additionally, another two major projects are also onsite to complete in November and April respectively with Moorland School to provide 90 new places and Shenley Brook End to provide an additional 368 places. Next year’s schemes are also progressing well with more than 4700 more school places planned for September 2016.
The ambitious £160M programme will see the creation of seven brand new schools and the expansion of 12 others, creating thousands of new school places in Milton Keynes and cementing the borough’s reputation as one of the best school builders in the country.
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 that local contractors can be part of the supply chains to provide their services for substantial elements of the projects.
The framework also delivers other significant social value benefits for Milton Keynes, such as apprenticeship opportunities, work experience and community projects.
A recent example of this is Brooklands Farm Primary School’s ‘Belonging Project’ which involves the council, Willmott Dixon and the design team working directly with the students on a curriculum enrichment project.
Cllr Peter Marland, Leader of Milton Keynes Council, said: “Delivering so many excellent projects on time and on budget is a wonderful achievement in itself but what really excites me is that our aim to provide a good local school place for every child is being done in a way that supports the local economy in such a positive way; the people of Milton Keynes and Milton Keynes businesses working on Milton Keynes projects.”