06 Sep Essex County Council to invest £315million in creating new school places
Thousands of pupils are set to return to new and improved schools today, thanks to Essex County Council’s ambitious plans to meet growing demand for school places across the county.
The council is investing £315million in creating new school places, with £75 million of this being spent on completing new schools and expansion projects in time for the start of the 2018/19 academic year.
2,325 primary places and 1,110 secondary places have been created across several sites in Essex, with 510 further places available following the completion of two more projects in Chigwell and Hockley later in 2018.
Ongoing investment in both mainstream and special school places reiterates the council’s commitment to ensuring the educational needs of all pupils remain a top priority and that the current and future needs of the county’s growing population can be met.