Kingston awarded nearly £4.5m in grants for school places

Kingston education bosses have been given the news that the borough has been granted an additional £4,478,921 from central government to help address the need for extra school places in the future.

The Department of Education published the announcement yesterday and wrote to local authorities involved.

The grant is based on allocations 36 months in advance, giving boroughs the time to plan and deliver school places for every child who needs one in the coming years.

Councillor Andrea Craig, Lead Member for Children, Youth and Adult Learning said,

"This is fantastic news for Kingston families.

"Kingston has some of the best schools in the country and, like all boroughs in London, we face challenges with more parents moving into the borough and future proposed developments.

"This grant, alongside the spending we already have planned, will help us to expand more schools in the right areas and will go a long way towards ensuring that every parent who wants a school place for their child in the years to come will have one."