Brent gets most extra education funding

Brent Council has been awarded the largest amount of extra funding in England to tackle the local shortage of school places of any council in England.

The Government has awarded Brent £30 million in additional funding to create more primary school places. The council’s proposals to expand Barham, Fryent and Mitchell Brook Primary Schools, creating 120 new permanent places, are in a report due to be considered by Brent Council’s Executive on 23 April. If the proposals are agreed and planning permission given, high-quality temporary classrooms would be built first to allow more local reception-age children to start school this autumn with the permanent expansions being finished in 2013. The council is investing £14 million in the work.

Councillor George Crane, Brent Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Major Projects, said: “In response to our lobbying the government has at last recognised our urgent need for funding additional school places.

“Following a strategic review, we have plans in place and if Executive approves this next week, we will start immediately on getting this extra money spent.”

LB Hammersmith & Fulham were awarded £19m in the same funding exercise.

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