Chancellor Philip Hammond, the MP for Runnymede and Weybridge, has officially opened a new building at Manby Lodge Infant School.
The expansion is part of Surrey’s county-wide programme to meet a rise in demand for school places and ensure children continue to have the facilities they need for the best possible education.
Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement, said: “This extension to Manby Lodge will create an extra 30 much-needed places a year in Weybridge for the benefit of pupils in the area for decades to come and I’m delighted the new building and its first-class facilities are now fully in use.
“We’ll continue to pull out all the stops to build the 11,000 extra school places that are needed in Surrey over the next five years but there is a £35million shortfall in the funds we need to create them at a time when our budgets are also under huge pressure from spiralling demand for adult social care. In light of the gap in our finances for school places, we want to see a fairer deal on funding for this mammoth task.”
Read the school’s media release here.