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Plans for more than 250 extra places set to be signed off

Plans for more than 250 places are set to be signed off as the county council pushes on with the biggest schools expansion project in Surrey’s history.

Capacity at Bishop David Brown School in Woking will be boosted by 150 places and another 105 will be added at Bisley Church of England Primary under proposals being considered at a meeting on 17 October.

Surrey plans to create almost 3,000 extra places by next September. However, the council is finding it increasingly tough to plug a £215 million funding gap for the 13,000 places needed over the next five years.

The funding shortfall comes despite Surrey’s taxpayers making a net contribution of £6 billion annually to the Exchequer and getting less than £1bn back.

Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, said: “We will continue to pull out all the stops to guarantee every Surrey child gets a place at a local school but with Surrey’s tight budgets getting ever tighter, it will become increasingly difficult.

“As no other part of the country pays so much into the national coffers and gets so little back for services we would certainly appreciate any extra help the government can give Surrey to meet such unprecedented demand.”

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