Coventry & Warwickshire

Nine Warwickshire schools to accept 1,000 extra pupils

More than £9m has been secured to create in excess of 1,000 new school places in Warwickshire.

The government funds will help nine schools expand, with new places expected to be available in September 2015, the county council said.

A consultation period will take place this year.

The council also secured an unconfirmed amount of funding to build a new special school on the ex-Manor Park School site in Nuneaton.

'Not compromised'

It will be an academy school but a sponsor is still being sought.

The schools due to expand are Brooke School, Henry Hinde Infant School and Paddox Primary School in Rugby, Lapworth C of E Primary School in Solihull/Warwick, Budbrooke Primary School and Milverton Primary School in Warwick, Bishopton Primary School and Welcombe Hills School in Stratford and St Michael's Cof E Primary School in Nuneaton and Bedworth.

Bids for funds to expand or create 18 schools were submitted, of which 10 were successful.

Warwickshire County Council portfolio holder for children and schools Heather Timms said: "Increasing birth rate, new housing and movement into the area have resulted in pressures we must address to make sure the education of our children is not compromised.

"The £9m from the [government's] Targeted Basis Need programme will allow us to respond to increased demand for pupil places without having to consider diverting funding from other areas of our already squeezed budgets."

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