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Plans to create more than 400 extra Surrey school places signed off

Plans to create more than 400 extra places at three Surrey schools have been signed off.

That is enough pupils to fill a brand new two-form entry primary school.

The county council’s Cabinet approved proposals to expand St Francis Catholic Primary in Caterham (105 extra places), The Greville Primary in Ashtead (210 additional places) and Manby Lodge Infant in Weybridge (90 more places).

Under the plans, the current St Francis building will be extended and the school will get a bigger library, a new teaching block will be built at The Greville and Manby Lodge’s facilities will be enlarged.

Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, said: “Surrey needs to find 13,000 places over five years and these planned expansions form part of that.

“But we’re still short of the money we need to provide them – there’s a funding gap of more than £30 million in each of the next two years alone – at a time when when our budgets are also under strain from the rising number of older people needing care.”

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