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Plans set out to create almost 3,000 school places

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Plans have been set out to create almost 3,000 extra school places by next September as the county council presses ahead with the biggest expansion project in Surrey’s history.

That figure is enough to fill nine brand new two-form entry primary schools and comes after more than 4,100 extra places were created in time for the start of this academic year.

Surrey needs to bridge a £215 million funding gap for the 13,000 places required over the next five years.

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

Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, said: “We pulled out all the stops to build more than 4,100 places in time for the return from this year’s summer break and there’s not going to be a let-up in demand any time soon.

“But it is getting increasingly tough for us to keep pace with this unprecedented demand at a time when our budgets are also under huge pressure from spiralling demand for adult social care.

“Given the fact that Surrey’s residents pay £6 billion annually to the national Exchequer and get back less than £1bn from the government for services, it would be unfair to ask them to foot the bill any further.”

Information about school places can be found by clicking on the map below. The red pins show the schools currently lined up to get extra places by next September. All expansions are subject to projects clearing council sign-off, planning permission and public consultation.



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