School places windfall

THE borough is set to benefit from a multi-million pound government fund to create hundreds of primary school places. In addition to the �270m for nine secondary schools and Trinity special school promised in July, Barking and Dagenham Council will receiv

THE borough is set to benefit from a multi-million pound government fund to create hundreds of primary school places.

In addition to the �270m for nine secondary schools and Trinity special school promised in July, Barking and Dagenham Council will receive another �18m for the creation of permanent new classrooms, it was announced last week.

Cllr Rocky Gill, cabinet member for education and children's wellbeing, said: "This is fantastic news that we have received �18.3million to help with the demand for primary school places.

"We have experienced primary school capacity issues and the funding will help to provide more places and help children in the borough secure a place at primary school.

"I'd like to thank MP Jon Cruddas for his hard work on the campaign.

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