New Surrey school plan considered by council

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Two new schools could be built and three others expanded to create 885 new places under plans being considered by Surrey County Council.

The authority wants to construct a primary school in Cranmere and a special school in Portesbery.

Under the plans being looked at by councillors on Tuesday, Burpham and Goldsworth primaries and the infant school in West Ewell would be expanded.

The council said the project was part of a £10m scheme to raise standards.

Linda Kemeny, cabinet member for children and learning, said: "An increase in demand for places means we have to act now to ensure those extra 12,000 children wanting to go to a Surrey school have a classroom to learn in.

"That's also why during the recent council tax announcement we proposed to invest £10m in schools to make sure every child in Surrey gets the best possible education."

On Tuesday the Conservative-led authority revealed plans to raise council tax by 1.99% - just below the 2% threshold at which a local referendum must be held.

Council leader David Hodge said the increase was necessary to "do what was right for the people of Surrey" including raising school standards.

Liberal Democrat leader Hazel Watson called for council tax to be frozen and the authority's cash reserves to be used to protect services.

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