DAVID MILIBAND MP visited Thomas Tallis School, Kidbrooke, this morning to officially open its new buildings.
The secondary school has undergone a complete rebuild using money from the Building Schools for the Future programme which was set up by the last government.
Mr Miliband, who was Schools Minister when the scheme was initiated, arrived at Kidbrooke railway station and walked to the school where he enjoyed a tour of the new state-of-the-art facilities.
The former Foreign Secretary gave a short speech to guests during the opening ceremony, where there were brilliant musical performances by pupils Zana Wilberforce, Matilda Morris, Jess Ludlam and Jazz Rodrigues, and a thought provoking piece by year-10 student Nadeem Islam.
Listen to David Miliband's speech
But with some PFI projects attracting criticism because of expensive contracts - one school that had to pay over £300 for a plug socket has been repeatedly highlighted in the press - is Mr Miliband still convinced that PFI deals represent value for money for taxpayers?
"Every project whether it's conventionally funded or PFI funded needs to be done in an efficient way, and you can see here what happens when you spend money well so there's no excuse for wasting it," he said.
Additional funding from the council has paid for a dedicated dojo, an artistic gymnastics gymnasium and a sports hall with space for six badminton courts. Council leader, Chris Roberts, said Thomas Tallis School had "grasped the opportunity" and it had been "transformed". He added:
"It's a fantastic place for people to come and learn. All of the [BSF] projects in Greenwich had particular challenges. This one had challenges around flood defence because it's close to the Quaggy but you can see the product of everybody's efforts and, backed by excellent teaching, we hope it will become a beacon of education for the future."
Photographs from this morning's opening