Newport Schools to benefit from £31m investment to increase capacity in Telford & Wrekin
Written by BBC News on February 14, 2019
Telford & Wrekin Council has announced it will be investing £31m in the borough’s educational estate over the next three years as demand for places rises because of continued growth.
The Council says their success at attracting significant inward investment has created thousands of new jobs across the borough has meant that significant investment in the borough’s infrastructure has been necessary. Primary schools have seen significant growth in recent years which will also eventually impact on secondary numbers.
The Building Schools for the Future project saw £200m invested in rebuilding or remodelling every secondary school across the borough but new investment is now required in secondary, primary and special schools to ensure they can cope with anticipated demand the Council says.
Projects include the creation of additional class bases at Newport Junior School, Priorslee Academy, St George’s Primary, and Ladygrove Primary School in Dawley to meet the growing demand for places in local schools. Burton Borough School in Newport will see the completion of a new hall and additional class bases by Easter this year and a number of other Secondary schools across the Borough will see major expansion over the next couple of years with plans in the development stage for this investment.
Councillor Shirley Reynolds, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Employment, Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “I am delighted that we have attracted new investment which has resulted in more housing and jobs. It is essential that we ensure that our schools have sufficient capacity as our young population also grows. We will see further growth in the next two academic years, so it is right that we anticipate growth and invest strategically where demand is greatest. This will mean expanding class bases in primary, secondary and special schools.”
The investment will be funded by a combination of basic need cash from the Department for Education and Section 106 funding.