Dear Tim, congratulations on taking up the challenge of the £40bn Building Schools for the Future Programme (. I wish you most sincerely every success – our young people and the teaching staff do deserve better learning environments.

If BSF is to steer clear of the city academies, which are picking up a reputation for poor design and poor value for money, please consult the key stakeholder, especially staff and the facility managers, and improve the ineffective architects and builders.

Adrian Phillips, estates manager, Tendring Technology College, Essex