Government cash set to create new school places

Almost £55 million will be ploughed into creating new school places across Leicestershire over the next three years.

The money, announced by the government last month, will enable Leicestershire County Council to build new classrooms and construct new schools.

It can be used to develop new school places in circumstances where there might be increased births forecast, or families moving to a particular school’s catchment area.

It has been allocated in response to a three-year school place plan submitted by the council.

Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for children and young peple, said: “This is excellent news and shows that the government has recognised the need for investment in our schools.

“We are beginning to experience significant demand for school places, especially in the primary sector, but this money means we can ensure there are sufficient spaces available for children.

“We’re awaiting further information from the government and this will enable us to work with schools and other partners to work up a detailed plan early in the new year.”