BSF designs vetted
No new secondaries will be constructed under the Building Schools for the Future programme unless they meet a minimum set of design standards, it was announced on Wednesday. The move will see a panel of architects and educationists vetting every new academy and school. Only designs graded by the panel as "very good" or "pass" will go on to be built. Speaking at the launch of the newly built Stockwell Park High in south London, Jim Knight, schools minister, said: "It is the first time ever that independently assessed, clear, objective and robust design standards have been laid down for a public sector building construction programme. It adds real teeth to the design process, so that any project failing to make the grade will simply not move forward - and ensuring that all building projects are fully assessed before construction."