Extra £15 million for Pupil Places in Sutton

April 16, 2012 4:00 PM

The Coalition Government has recently announced that Sutton will get an additional £15 033 608 this year to relieve the pressure on school places. This is part of an additional £600m of capital spending in England this year, which is for investment in things such as extra classrooms and more teaching assistants. This comes on top of the £800m already set aside to address the shortage in pupil places announced for 2012-13, bringing the total investment to well over £1 billion.

Commenting, Tom Brake, local MP for Carshalton and Wallington said:

"This is obviously a very welcome boost in local funding for education; the extra money will mean that many children will now be able to get into their school of first choice, as school facilities expand and improve. This is an investment in the future, and hopefully through these additional funds, Sutton's schools, which are already amongst the best in the country, will further improve, and be able to provide more places for local children. I know this will be a real help, and I, working alongside Paul Burstow, MP for Sutton and Cheam, will do all I can to make sure that the money made available is invested properly, where it is most needed."

Commenting further, Liberal Democrat Minister for Children, Sarah Teather said:

"This means extra money for more classrooms, so that more of our children can get the school place they deserve. On a national scale, it will be a real step towards ensuring we give every child a fair start in life, regardless of their background or where they live."

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