Annal Nayyar reports on First school opens under Priority School Building Programme

The first school to be rebuilt as part of the government’s Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) has opened to its pupils today (1 May 2014).

Pupils and teachers at Whitmore Park Primary School in Coventry have had their dilapidated school building completely rebuilt as part of the £2.4 billion programme to rebuild 261 of the schools in England in the worst condition.

In total, 28 schools are now either under construction or open as part of the PSBP, while design work has begun at 234 schools – 90% of the programme. All schools will be delivered by the end of 2017 – 2 years earlier than originally planned. Given the success of the PSBP, ministers have also announced today a second phase of the programme, worth around £2 billion.

Schools Minister David Laws said:

The opening of Whitmore Park marks a major milestone in the Priority School Building Programme, which is making great strides in ensuring that vital building work takes place at some of the schools in the worst state across the country.

It is providing much better value for money than previous school building schemes, and forms part of the government’s drive to deliver the best schools for young people in order to help deliver both a stronger economy and a fairer society.

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