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20 November 2013
Massive investment in school places

By September 2015 Croydon will have 5,220 additional primary school places plus over 500 dedicated primary and secondary places for children with special educational needs.

The Conservative-controlled council’s school-building programme is the largest in the country and has been awarded £110m from central government to help with the estimated £170m costs.

As a result the borough will continue to meet the rapidly-growing demand from its expanding population. New schools are proposed over the next two years for Haling Road, 843 London Road, Highbury Avenue, the former general hospital site in Broad Green, Westways resource centre on St James’ Road, Aberdeen Road, SEGAS House in Katharine Street, and South Norwood sports arena.

Permanent expansions are planned at ARK, West Thornton and St Joseph’s primary schools and approximately ten extra temporary classes are expected to be put in place for next September.

Councillor Tim Pollard, cabinet member for children, families and learning, said: “This year every parent who applied on time for a place for their child received an offer of a suitable school. We are committed to making sure that regardless of how many applications we receive we maintain this achievement.

“Croydon’s educational standards are improving at a time when national results are in decline, showing that our twin focus on standards and places available is continuing to pay off.”

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