Somerset

Two Somerset primary schools handed capital grant of £500,000

Two primary schools in Somerset are set to receive an equal share of £550,000 to build more classroom space.

Somerset County Council awarded the capital grants to Somerton Infants School in Somerton and St Andrew's Juniors in Burnham-on-Sea.

The new classrooms will be ready by spring and autumn 2013 respectively, the county council has said.

Cabinet member, John Osman, said: "New classrooms built for purpose will make the school experience even better."

Both schools were rated as outstanding in their last Ofsted inspections.

When the building work is complete, Somerton Infants School will be able to teach 150 pupils.

At St Andrew's, classes have had 38 pupils, after an intake of 53 youngsters in September.

The money has come from a national central government grant of £500m made to councils across the country to cope with the increased pupil rolls.

A total of £13m of capital grants is being spent in 2012-13 on schools across Somerset by the Tory-run council.

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