Posted on Wednesday 9th October 2019
The John Taylor Free School, Burton
More schools could be built in Staffordshire and a number refurbished to cope with an increasing demand for pupil places.
In plans due to be put before the county council’s cabinet next week, a total of six new primary schools, the expansion of two Lichfield secondary schools and a new first school are being put forward for approval for 2019/20.
Totalling almost £50 million, the projects cover Lichfield, Stafford, Tamworth and East Staffordshire and will be subject to planning approval.
Added to this, a number of schools around the county will be have repairs and refurbishments carried out to ensure they continue to be fit for the future.
Funding will come from government grants and contributions from schools, developers 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.