More money for additional school places in Gloucestershire

April 13, 2012 5:28 PM

The Coalition Government has announced that Gloucestershire will get an additional £2million this year to relieve the pressure on school places.

This is part of an additional £600m of capital spending in England this year, which is for investment in, for example, extra classrooms. This comes on top of the £800m to address the shortage in pupil places already announced for 2012-13.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Children and Young People Cllr. Charmian Sheppard said:

"This extra money is great news for our children. Many more of them will now be able to get into their school of first choice.

"Pressure on our schools has been allowed to continue for too long. As a Liberal Democrat, I am glad the Coalition Government is doing the right thing by putting more money in our schools.

"I know this will be a real help and I will work hard to ensure this money delivers the results needed."

Commenting further, Liberal Democrat Minister for Children, Sarah Teather said:

"In too many areas, Labour left classrooms bursting at the seams with an unacceptable number of children locked out of their local school.

"There is a pressing need for additional school places and the Coalition Government is doing the right thing by making an extra £600m available this year.

"This means extra money for more classrooms, so that more of our children can get the school place they deserve. It will be a real step towards ensuring we give every child a fair start in life, regardless of their background or where they live."