More places are promised

PLANS for more than 250 school places are set to be signed off as the county council push 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, while a further 105 will be added at Bisley Church of England Primary under proposals to be discussed at a meeting tomorrow (Friday).

The council hope to create almost 3,000 extra places by September 2015. However, they are finding it hard to plug the £215 million funding gap for the 13,000 places needed over the next five years.

LINDA KEMENY - the County Council Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning is giving the allocation of school places her all but admits it's hard for the council to make the figures stack up

LINDA KEMENY – the County Council Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning is giving the allocation of school places her all but admits it’s hard for the council to make the figures stack up

The shortfall comes despite Surrey’s taxpayers making a net yearly contribution of £6 billion to the Treasury, which returns less than £1 billion to the region.

County Council Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, Councillor Linda Kemeny, said: “We will pull out all the stops to guarantee that every Surrey child gets a place at a local school, but with the council’s 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 in the way of services, we’d certainly appreciate any extra assistance Government can give Surrey to help meet the unprecedented demand.”

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