Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Richmond secures a further £4.4m to put towards school places investment

Richmond Council has welcomed the allocation from Government which will go some way to helping the authority pay for the school expansion programme in the borough.

The Department for Education has allocated the money to support the provision of new primary school places in areas where they are needed.

The further Council investment needed to deliver the long term primary schools expansion programme is estimated at £10–15m.

Cllr Paul Hodgins, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Schools, said:

“I am delighted with the additional funding we have secured from the Government. Richmond upon Thames has the best primary schools in the country, and therefore demand is very high. Even with rising demand, we have significantly increased the percentage of parents receiving their first preference of school over the last seven years. We have already added 24.5 forms of Reception entry, which equates to over 5,100 permanent primary school places in total.

“We have put in place a school places strategy which, including free schools, will add a new secondary, new special schools and four or five more forms of primary entry over the next 10 years. This money is an important contribution towards paying for that programme, and we will continue to work with the Government to provide even more over time to help ease the strain that is being placed on our local authority finances.”

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