Seven schools in Lambeth will be able to expand and create much needed school places, thanks to successful funding applications submitted by Lambeth Council.
A steady increase in the number of school age children has put huge pressure on local schools and several have had to create extra ‘bulge’ classes and use portable classrooms for lessons.
The government’s Targeted Basic Need Programme supports the provision of new, high quality school places for local authorities experiencing the greatest pressure on places.
The exact amount and time scale of the new money from the Department for Education has yet to be clarified. However, Lambeth council is confident that, along with financial support from the DfE announced in March, it will provide sufficient funding for both 2013/14 and 2014/15, which had been facing a considerable shortfall.
Cllr. Rachel Heywood, Cabinet member for Education said: “This is absolutely brilliant news, and is largely thanks to the great deal of work that went into the funding applications. It means that we have been able to maximise the levels of financial support coming into Lambeth over the next couple of years to create much needed places in schools which will be a great relief for teachers, pupils and parents .”
The schools identified to benefit are:
• Iqra Primary School
• Paxton Primary School
• St John’s Angell Town Church of England Primary School
• St Leonard’s Church of England Primary School
• Sudbourne Primary School
• Woodmansterne Primary School
• Wyvil Primary School and Centre for Children With Speech and Language Impairment