14:26 Monday 06 January 2014

£23m schools pledge to give parents more choice

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

MILLIONS of pounds of funding will help ensure children in Burton don’t miss out on their school of choice, education bosses have said.

Staffordshire has been allocated £23 million to help schools provide extra places to keep pace with a rising population.

Burton is among the most congested areas in the county in terms of school places and following the announcement of how the £2 billion pot would be divvied up across the country, parents have been promised they will be given greater choice of where to send their child.

Council chiefs welcomed the boost, but with thousands of homes to be built over the next two decades, also called on housing developers to ensure they provide adequate funding for education.

Major expansions are currently ongoing at many schools across Burton including the relocation of St Modwen’s Primary School to a new site in Tutbury Road, while the new Scientia Academy in Horninglow is also nearing completion.

The projects form part of Staffordshire County Council‘s commitment to providing an extra 10,000 school places in the town over the next decade.

The county council’s education chief Ben Adams said: “We welcome the confirmation funding is being made available which helps us meet the demand of our growing population.

“We already have a program of investment funded by the government but it must also be supported by contributions from housing developers if we are to provide good quality school places for every young person in the county over the next few years.

“We have already invested over £20m in schools in Burton to ensure they are well placed to cope with increasing demand . The additional funding will help ensure parents in the area have more choice when it comes to their child’s education.”

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