Following the news that Surrey County Council will receive £72 million over three years from the government towards paying for 16,000 extra school places, Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning Linda Kemeny said:
“We’re pleased that the government has listened to us. The fact that we’ve been given one of the biggest shares of funding in the country and significantly more than in previous years is recognition of the huge demand we are facing at our high-quality schools following a 20% rise in the birth rate, a surge in numbers that is continuing.
“That is why we have embarked on Surrey’s biggest ever expansion programme that will see us invest more than £350 million in creating the 16,000 places we need to ensure every child gets the best possible education.”
Education Secretary Michael Gove moved funding to a three-year cycle and gave Surrey almost £12m in 2014/15, nearly £29.5m in 2015/17 and almost £30.9m in 2016/17. Previously, Surrey received around £13m annually. The funding will contribute to Surrey’s £354m investment in classroom places by 2018.
A full press release can be found on the Department for Education website.
Surrey aims to find up to 3,000 places by the start of the next academic year after creating more than 2,800 for this September.