Eastleigh MP, Mike Thornton has welcomed the news that an additional 315 school places will be made available in Eastleigh, thanks to extra investment made by Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government.
The Targeted Basic Need (TBN) programme will provide £820m to fund an extra 74,000 school places in areas of need, through a combination of places at new schools and at existing schools judged as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. Locally, Nightingale Primary School in Eastleigh and Hedge End’s Wellstead Primary School will receive extra funding for school places.
This investment is in addition to the £1.6bn already allocated to local authorities as part of the original basic need allocations. It brings the total amount invested by the Coalition Government in new school places to more than £5bn.
This follows news of a potential extension to the Crescent Primary School in Eastleigh. The proposal could see the school offer 630 places to children when complete, up from the current 420 places.
Commenting, local MP Mike Thornton said:
"Locally there is a great deal of pressure on school places and after years of dithering from the county, it’s vital we see more action on this across the borough.
"I'm delighted that with extra support thanks to the Liberal Democrats in Government, the County Council have finally listened to campaigners and parents, and taken action to begin to deal with the crisis.
"It will ease the pressure on school places locally, and will allow more children in Eastleigh to attend good schools."
Making the announcement, Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws said:
"Liberal Democrats are building a stronger economy and a fairer society – which means making sure every child can get a place at a good school.
"The previous Labour government ignored all the warning signs that extra places would be needed. We know that this is a huge concern for local parents and are working to clear up Labour’s mess.
"I’m therefore delighted to announce that Eastleigh is getting a share of our funding to provide brand new school places."