New school build hailed as blueprint

The rebuilding of a fire-ravaged Doncaster school is being used as a national blueprint for how new schools should be built.

The procurement and building of a new Campsmount Technology College was in the spotlight at The Review of Education Capital conference attened by 100 delegates in London.

The Sebastian James’ Review set out recommendations to standardise the design and specification of new school buildings across the UK designed to achieve better value and significant time efficiencies, without compromising on quality and outcome.

Work on the new £10m school is progressing well and is on track to be completed in February next year. The council’s school rebuilding team is managing the project on behalf of the school and the build is being delivered by Wates Construction. Procurement took place in just 22 weeks compared to the typical 48 weeks.

Mayor Peter Davies said: “The rebuilding of Campsmount School is being hailed for how it was procured and is being delivered. The council’s school rebuilding team, the school and Wates have done a wonderful job in showing just what can be achieved in such a short period of time. Lessons learned here in Doncaster will be the blueprint for the building of schools in the future.”

Andy Sprakes, headteacher of Campsmount Technology College and conference chairman, said: “The new school will provide a wonderful learning environment for our young people and will further enhance our reputation as a fantastic school.”