MORE new schools could be built in Staffordshire and a number expanded to manage increasing demand for pupil places.
In plans due to be put before the county council’s cabinet next week, the school’s capital programme includes funding to support six new primary schools, a new first school and the expansion of two Lichfield secondary schools.
Totalling almost £50 million, the projects cover Burton, Lichfield, Stafford, Tamworth and Uttoxeter.
Added to this, a number of schools around the county will be having repairs and refurbishments carried out to ensure they continue to be fit for the future.
Funding will come from government grants and contributions from developers, schools and others.
County Councillor Philip White, Cabinet Member for Learning and Employability said: “It is essential that children and young people in the county have access to a good, local school.
It is widely recognised that the quality of school buildings can help or hinder learning and teaching, so our comprehensive build and maintenance programme will ensure our children can learn in the best environments to help them succeed.
We are also building on the success of previous years and continuing to plan ahead. We want to provide well-designed buildings and pleasant surroundings for Staffordshire children and, most importantly, ensure there are enough good school places available to meet current and future demand.”
Cabinet will meet to discuss the plans on October 16.
In January this year, we revealed expansion plans for Rawlett School where they are to increase the school’s capacity from 960 to 1260 places – meaning the school will expand by 60 places per year group.
In September last year, we also revealed that a planning application had been submitted to Tamworth Borough Council for a new Primary Acadamy to be built within the Borough, on the Anker Valley development.
This application is still in progress, but if successful, this will be the first time a brand new School or Academy, which does not simply replace an older building, has been built within the Town for a number of years.