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Plans to create nearly 600 more school places signed off

Cabinet Member Linda Kemeny. Click image to download

Plans to create nearly 600 extra places at four schools have been signed off as part of the biggest schools expansion project in Surrey’s history.

The county council has given the go-ahead to boost capacity at Heathside by 150 places, add another 210 at Hinchley Wood Primary, create 90 more at Stoughton Infant and build a further 120 at Worplesdon Primary.

Surrey faces having to plug a £215 million funding gap for the 13,000 school places needed in the next five years.

Each year Surrey taxpayers make a net contribution of £6 billion to the Exchequer and get less than £1bn back for services.

Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, said: “Since 2010 we have created 10,300 new places for pupils – enough to fill nearly 345 classrooms – and will continue to pull out all the stops to guarantee every Surrey child gets a place at a local school.

“However, with Surrey’s tight budgets getting ever tighter, it will become increasingly difficult and as no other part of the country pays so much into the national coffers and gets so little back for services any extra help from the government for this mammoth task would be gratefully received.”

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