Cash approved for more school places in Redbridge from September

Additional funding has been awarded to try and ease the pressure on school places in the borough.

The cabinet approved �460,000 for more reception and Year 1 school places from September.

A further �127,000 has been approved for the Avanti Court Primary School, Carlton Drive, Barkingside. It will provide 840 school places when full.

Beal High School has also been awarded �22million to fund expansion of the school.

The school in Woodford Bridge Road, Redbridge, will expand from eight forms of entry to 12. This will provide 600 secondary school places.

Temporary mobile buildings will be used for additional pupils in September 2013 until the new building is completed in July 2014.

Cllr Alan Weinberg, cabinet member of children’s services, said: “If we keep providing more primary school places then we need more secondary places.”

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