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£2.5 million agreed to provide more places at two borough schools

A £2.5 million plan to expand two of the borough’s schools was agreed at the Children, Youth and Leisure Committee on 9 June.

The expansion programme, which will see places added to Alexandra Infant School and St Paul's Church of England Junior School, was presented by Achieving for Children at the Council's Youth and Leisure Committee for approval.

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

“These proposals have been developed over the last year, working closely with the two schools. This is a major investment and the Committee looked very carefully at the proposals before agreeing them. I am delighted that the proposals were approved.

“These are two excellent schools. Both are rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and we know that the additional places will very soon be needed in the North Kingston area. It makes sense to spend the money where we know it will be of greatest benefit.

“We have great confidence in both school communities and I’m pleased the Committee approved these plans.”

Rachel Carr and Kevin Edmonds, head teachers of Alexandra Infants and St Paul's, issued a joint statement in which they said:

“The new places that this investment will provide are absolutely vital if we are to continue to provide the choice of outstanding education that parents in our part of the borough now expect. We thank the Committee for considering these proposals so carefully and then approving them.”

The expansion plans, which will take effect during the 2016/2017 school year intake, are that both Alexandra and St Paul’s will become all-through primary schools, catering for four to 11-year-olds. Both will become two-form entry in a process that will last from September 2016 until September 2022, by which time each school will have 60 children in all year groups from reception to year six.