Mar 05 2013

Harrow Receives £14 million for school expansion funding

harrow_council_logoAs previously announced on iharrow.com, Harrow Council has received £14 million funding to go towards our ambitious school expansion programme.

The Government has announced its Basic Needs funding allocation for the next two years and Harrow’s share is £14,692,131. This is an additional £8.8 million to our assumed budget, which was based on previous allocations.

The money will go towards funding the Council’s school expansion project, which is designed to meet the increasing number of children needing school places. Nine schools, on seven sites, have already been identified for permanent expansion in phase one of the expansion programme, with more set to be identified in the future.

Harrow Council Portfolio Holder for Children, Schools and Families, Cllr Mitzi Green said: “I am delighted that we have this allocation, which will make a considerable contribution towards funding our expansion programme and help us to continue planning for the future. With more children than ever requiring primary school places, it is vital that we are able to provide high quality education which is near to where people live. We have good schools in Harrow which will continue to provide an excellent education to children in the borough.”

Schools already identified for expansion are:

  • Camrose Primary with nursery
  • Cedars Manor School
  • Glebe Primary School
  • Marlborough Primary School
  • Pinner Park Infant and Nursery School
  • Pinner Park Junior School
  • Stanburn First School
  • Stanburn Junior School
  • Vaughan Primary School

It is understood that the basic need allocation is based on existing school capacity and forecasts of pupil numbers for future years.

The Council plans to provide hundreds of new reception year places to our children over the next five years. According to census data, 15,916 children aged under five were recorded in the 2011 Census for Harrow, compared to 12,015 in the 2001 Census – a rise of 32 per cent. Forecasts show that the increase in demand for primary school places will continue into the future.

Conservative Group Leader, Cllr. Susan Hall, said: “That Harrow has received this additional funding from the Conservative-led coalition Government is exceptionally good news, and I’m sure it will be put to good use as the Council continues with its school expansion programme.

However, there remain significant concerns among residents – particularly those near Vaughan School – about how the Council’s Labour administration has handled the consultation regarding these significant developments, and Labour must do all they can do listen to and address their concerns.

This additional funding also rather scuppers Labour’s attempts to paint the Government in a perpetually bad light, as it’s clear the Government has seen what Harrow needs and has funded us accordingly.”

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