A MAJOR scheme to improve education in Ealing has cleared the last hurdle.
Final contracts between Ealing Council and Balfour Beatty have been signed, signalling the go-ahead for the borough's greatly reduced Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project.
The original BSF programme included the expansion, rebuilding and refurbishment of 17 high and special schools in the borough, as well as a new high school in Greenford.
A major programme of investment in schools' information and communication technology was also planned. But the government slammed the brakes on during the summer and the council learned that only two projects could continue.
Construction work on the complete rebuilding of Dormers Wells High School, Southall, and the major refurbishment and partial rebuild of Cardinal Wiseman School, Greenford, is expected to start in January.
Maggy Aylott, headteacher at Dormers Wells, said: "We are all very excited at the thought of seeing our brand new school building take shape. Staff and students have put so much work into this project. I'm delighted that work is finally going to start and we are all looking forward to the new
facilities which will help us to further improve the already outstanding education we already deliver."
Michael Kiely, headteacher at Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School, said: "This investment is very welcome and will support the excellent teaching and learning already taking place.
"Our students and staff are going to benefit from a range of new facilities, including a new entrance, sports hall and library and we are looking forward to opening up the school more for the local community."
The project marks five years of work by the council. A spokesman for the authority said it plans to continue asking central government for financial assistance for secondary education.