Plans to quadruple capacity at two south Warwickshire primary schools receive funding - The Leamington Observer

Plans to quadruple capacity at two south Warwickshire primary schools receive funding

Leamington Editorial 16th May, 2024   0

AMBITIOUS plans to quadruple the size of two south Warwickshire primary schools have been allocated millions of pounds worth of funding.

Warwickshire County Council has agreed to allocate nearly £40million from its education capital for the building and repurposing of schools across Warwickshire.

And among the most significant allocations was funding for the relocation and expansion of Lighthorne Heath Primary School and Shottery St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School.

A total of £16,467million will be spent on the Lighthorne Heath school, increasing its capacity from 91 places to 420.

Shottery’s primary school will also be expanded to 420 places from 105 thanks to an allocation of £15,573million.

Both schools will also benefit from on-site specialist resourced provision for children with special educational needs (SEND)

Funding has additionally been allocated for the completion of the Myton Gardens Primary School and the expansion to Stratford School.

Cash from the Capital Programme to enable Specialist Resource Provision was also agreed for Park Hill Junior in Kenilworth.

WCC’s education spokesperson Coun Kam Kaur said: “We are committed to ensuring there is a high-quality school place for every child in Warwickshire and that every child receives the best possible start in life, through education. This significant investment will create new schools and expand existing facilities to make sure that happens.

“The additional provision for SEND facilities in various schools is also an important step in ensuring that we make the best possible use of our resources to help and support young people with SEND.”

WCC leader Coun Izzi Seccombe added: “Today at Cabinet, our children and young people were very much at the forefront of the discussions. We considered a lot of work that will now happen that will give us the necessary facilities – buildings, classrooms, dedicated spaces and resources – to give all of Warwickshire’s children the best start in life.

“The decision to allocate funding towards specialist resources for children with SEND along with the recommendations put forward to address the gaps in educational attainment are clear signs of the council’s commitment to improving outcomes for every single one of our children and young people.”

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