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Council signs off plans for nearly 200 more school places

Linda Kemeny

Plans to create nearly 200 extra places were signed off today as part of the biggest school investment programme Surrey’s ever seen.

The county council gave the go ahead to boost capacity at Grayswood Infant School by 120 places, add another 45 at St Bartholomew’s Primary School and create 30 more at Onslow Infant School.

Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning Linda Kemeny said: “These places are being provided as part of the biggest expansion programme in Surrey’s history to meet growing demand at our excellent schools.

“It will see the council create the 16,000 classroom spaces we need to find to ensure every child gets the best possible education.”

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Around 16,000 new places will be created over five years to meet growing demand fuelled by a 20% rise in the birth rate.

More than 3,000 extra places will be found over the next year alone.

Expanding St Bartholomew’s and Grayswood will boost the number of places available in Haslemere by 165.

Investment at Onslow will see the Guildford school expand from two to three forms of entry.

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