Monday, 6 December 2010

State-of-the-art BSF facilities to be officially opened at Cockburn

A £16m school built as part of the city’s Building Schools for the Future programme will be officially opened this week.

Cockburn College of Arts, built as part of Leeds’ £250m BSF programme, will be officially opened on Thursday (9 December) at the school’s annual gala.

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A reception will be held for guests and the opening honours will be carried out by the chief executive of Education Leeds, Chris Edwards, who will unveil new facilities including a three storey atrium complete with dining room, sports facilities, fitness studio and open arts spaces.

Other new features at the school include four laboratories with specialist equipment and four unique flexible rooms with demonstration benches on one floor; maths rooms and ICT and business suites with state-of-the-art computer equipment on another; and modern foreign language rooms on the next.

Cockburn has specialist arts college status and its theatre - which has been refurbished as part of the BSF programme - will be the venue for a performance of West Side Story by the school’s young people.

David Gurney, headteacher at Cockburn College of Arts, said:
“These impressive new facilities will help Cockburn to continue to improve results, develop the skills of the next generation and fulfil its central role within the local community. Our pupils are very impressed with the modern school buildings they are now learning in and are already benefiting from using them."

Councillor Jane Dowson, executive board member for learning at Leeds City Council, said:
“Cockburn is a 21st century building which is helping to develop students’ learning, skills and experiences and will ensure that every young person has the best facilities available to them.

“Across Leeds, there have been some impressive rebuilds and refurbishments of our schools. These are the latest to be officially opened and I’m sure the whole of the Cockburn community are proud of their new and exciting facilities.”

Chris Edwards, chief executive of Education Leeds, said:
“Every year young people at Cockburn stage an impressive show at the school’s annual gala so this is the ideal time to officially open these state-of-the-art facilities.

“New school buildings and facilities give a huge boost to whole communities and we have already seen this at Cockburn. These new facilities will ensure that thousands of young people in Beeston can learn and develop to their potential for many years to come.”

The Leeds BSF project is being delivered through the Leeds Local Education Partnership (LEP) which brings together Education Leeds, Leeds City Council and the Interserve-led consortium Environments 4 Learning to shape the most advanced learning environments nationally. ICT experts, RM Education, are providing schools with the latest e-learning facilities to support and enhance teaching and learning.


Notes to editors:

Leeds BSF schools are brilliant spaces designed for 21st century Learning and teaching, which provide:
 flexible and varied rooms and spaces, offering different environments for different styles of teaching and learning;
 purposefully designed for the curriculum of today and tomorrow;
 unprecedented levels of cutting-edge learning technology;
 bright, open and safe spaces designed with young people, to engage young people;
 fully inclusive facilities, giving every young person access to the learning, support and care they need;
 unique features reflecting the unique ethos of each school and the needs of the local young people, families and wider communities they serve;
 Exciting and innovative environments for highly effective leadership and teaching.

*Leeds BSF is delivered through the Leeds Local Education Partnership (LEP), which brings together Leeds City Council, Education Leeds, the government's Partnership for Schools (through Building Schools for the Future Investment), and the Interserve led consortium Environments 4 Learning (E4L).

Partnerships for Schools (PfS) is the delivery organisation for Building Schools for the Future. PfS was established in April 2004 as a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB), and is operated and funded under a joint venture between DCSF (formerly DfES) and Partnerships UK. PfS is a 100-strong organisation, with specialist expertise including educationalists, designers, ICT specialists, commercial managers and project management.

For media enquiries please contact:
Jon Crampton, Leeds City Council press office, 0113 3951577