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Capita Symonds appointed to Kirklees BSF

19 February 2008

Kirklees Council has appointed Tribal Group as strategic ICT advisors and Capita Symonds as technical advisors to their secondary Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

Tribal will compliment the council’s in house Schools for the Future team and provide support in creating an ICT vision and specification development, as well as assisting in delivering an effective commissioning and procurement process. Tribal are currently carrying out an audit to determine the existing ICT provision in Kirklees schools.

Capita Symonds will advise on site suitability and are currently visiting schools and reviewing building stock. The information gathered will be used to inform decisions around the Strategy for Change, the first formal component of the BSF approvals process, and future investment plans.

Both Tribal and Capita Symonds have proven track records of delivering large scale projects to the education sector and in creating innovative, visionary and transformational learning environments.

Kirklees Schools for the Future is a programme which will transform the way we learn and teach in Kirklees. It is funded by Kirklees Council and by the national Building Schools for the Future (BSF) and Primary Schools for the Future (PSF) programmes. It will provide significant investment into our school staff, buildings and facilities over the coming years.

Kirklees Schools for the Future programme comprises Building Schools for the Future Wave 6 (North Kirklees Secondary and Fartown secondary schools), Primary Schools for the Future and Building Schools for the Future South Kirklees Schools.

As of 6 February 2008 there are nine BSF schools open throughout the UK. A total of 12 BSF schools will be open by the end of the end of March 2008. 35 more BSF schools are due to open in 2008/09, and a further 118 in 2009/10.

Cllr Jim Dodds, Cabinet member for Children and Young People comments: “"As we formulate our plans for Building Schools for the Future, it is vital that we draw on the experiences of those who have already been involved. The addition of Tribal Group as strategic ICT advisors and Capita Symonds as technical advisors to our secondary BSF programme will ensure we move in the right direction."

Kirklees Schools for the Future is also currently underway with the procurement of legal and financial advisors.