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PR 1562
                                                                                   16 June 2009
For Immediate Release

Challney Girls’ new school gets underway

The journey has started to timetable, Luton’s first cutting edge school - Challney High School for
Girls - has moved a big step forward with the start of building works at the north end of the
existing site, as part of the ambitious Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. The
transformation of the school will create a new environment with the best technology for
teachers, students and the community.

To mark this occasion, Headteacher, Mary Arthur, Executive Member for Children’s Services,
Cllr Tahir Khan, the Council’s Chief Executive, Kevin Crompton, Chairman of Wates Family
Holdings, Tim Wates, together with pupils Anika Aris, Kokoab Khan and Saarah Malik were all
on hand to cut the turf as part of an official ground breaking ceremony which took place last
Friday, 12 June at the high school on Stoneygate Road.

QED Wates, led by the Wates Group, will deliver the £280 million BSF programme, which will
rebuild or refurbish all of Luton’s 13 secondary schools over the next four years.

Cllr Khan, Executive Member for Children’s Services said: “Through BSF, Challney High School
for Girls will be dramatically transformed into a state of the art school fit for the 21st century,
with facilities that will contribute to improve learning and development for all students. Our new
partnership with QED Wates will make a major difference to our town. The partnership will be
used to deliver social housing, leisure projects - including a 50-metre Luton Aquatic centre - and
other community facilities.”

Mary Arthur, Headteacher said: “Challney High School for Girls is privileged to be part of the
BSF programme and we are excited by the plans for the new building. Staff and students have
been working with the authority’s BSF team and QED Wates to formulate the designs, and we
are confident the new school will provide first class, purpose built facilities. We will have an
excellent environment in which to promote the highest standards of learning for students, and
there will be access for the wider community.”

Tim Wates, Chairman of Wates Family Holdings said: "The Wates Group is delighted to be part
of such a major milestone for Luton and we are committed to working in close partnership with
Luton Borough Council and its people in transforming the education and facilities available to
the area's young people and residents. Challney High School for Girls is the first step in a very
important journey and I look forward to celebrating its success."

The new school which will specialise in science will feature:
• a new entrance plaza
• a clear central space for multi use purposes for school and community use.
• science and sculpture gardens
• flexible teaching spaces to enable personalised learning, including a mixture of standard
classrooms, seminar spaces and small group rooms
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          Communications Division Luton Council Town Hall Luton LU1 2BQ

• main hall with adjacent dance and drama studio facilities
• four court sports hall
• nine laboratories and science studios
• library
• specialist areas for subject teaching and for those requiring additional support learning
• multi-purpose rooms for Integrated Youth Services including activity areas and spaces for
multi-agency work.

The new building will be completed by December 2010 and pupils and teachers will move into
the new school in January 2011.


Notes to editors:
• The first schools to benefit in the first phase of the programme, from the investment are
Challney High School for Girls, Lea Manor High School, and Luton’s two academies: Barnfield
West and Barnfield South.
• For more information from Luton BSF, please contact Robin Porter, Project Director on 01582
548205 or visit
• For further information from Wates Construction, please contact: Sara Willcocks, Tel: 01372
861622. Email:
• Building Schools for the Future (BSF) is the largest single schools capital investment
programme for over 50 years. The aim is to rebuild or renew England’s state secondary schools
estate during the lifetime of the programme.
• The QED Wates consortium is supported by a large number of other companies including VT,
and Civica, the Public Sector IT specialist. The QED team is based in Luton on the Capability
Green Technology Park.
• 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 and Partnerships UK. PfS is a 100-strong
organisation, with specialist expertise including educationalists, designers, ICT specialists,
commercial managers and project management.
• The national BSF programme is managed by Partnerships for Schools. Find out more by

Issued by: Lisa Levy on 01582 547402

          Communications Division Luton Council Town Hall Luton LU1 2BQ


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