Cambridgeshire schools given �12.5million boost to fund extra pupil places

CAMBRIDGESHIRE has been given �12.5million additional Government money to spend on providing extra places for pupils.

The announcement came from education secretary Michael Gove last week and was part of an extra �600m made available to 110 local education authorities in England and Wales that have predicted a shortfall in school places for 2013/14.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s shadow cabinet member for education, Councillor Peter Downes, said: “The rate of growth in Cambridgeshire is higher than the national average and consequently there’s a shortfall of pupil places. It’s good to see recognition by the Government that there needs to be a more flexible approach to capital funding.”

Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly told The Hunts Post: “A number of schools have told me that capital infrastructure needed investment. I am confident that this money will be put to good use.”

CCC said it was too early to gauge where the money would be spent.


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