Extra grant for additional school places across county

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HUNDREDS of new school places are to be created after the government announced a £57m funding boost.

West Sussex County Council had expected to receive £16,479,107 over the next couple of years. However, a further capital grant allocation of £40,698,961 was announced last week bringing the total amount of investment to £57,178,068 over the next three years.

Councillor Jeremy Hunt, who is in charge of education and skills at the council, said: ‘We are extremely pleased to see that the Department for Education (DfE) has recognised some of the challenges ahead for counties facing a growth in pupil numbers.

‘This funding will provide much needed capital resources to enable the provision of extra school places over the next three years.

The additional money will allow us to plan ahead and make good investment decisions on how to provide the facilities we need for our children in the future.

‘At this stage the exact details of how the money will be spent have 
yet to be finalised, but once we have 
all the information from the DfE we will be able to move forward with our planning for these extra places across the county.’

The extra allocations are targeted at local authorities which are facing significant and unexpected increases in pupil numbers.

The funding will provide additional school places across the county.