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Plans unveiled for 3,000 new Surrey school places

Plans have been unveiled by Surrey County Council to create more than 3,000 new school places in the next year.

The council’s aim of expanding around 20 schools by next September is part of the biggest investment programme in Surrey’s history.

It will see 16,000 extra places provided by 2018 to meet an increase in demand fuelled by a 20% rise in birth rates.

Children returned from their summer holiday this month to schools with extra classroom space for 2,800 children.

Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Learning, said: “We’ve experienced a huge rise in demand for places at our high-quality schools and this surge is continuing.

“That is why we embarked on the biggest school expansion programme Surrey’s ever seen with more than £350 million being invested in creating the 16,000 places we need to find.

“By next September, almost 6,000 of those places will have been provided and we’ll continue to work on plans for the rest so that we ensure every child gets the best possible start in life.”

Information about school places can be found by clicking on the map below. The green pins indicate the proposed expansion by next September subject to planning permission and public consultation. The red pins show places created in the past year.


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