Further £10m pledged to help build five new schools in Croydon

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Plans to build five more new schools in Croydon have been unveiled, with the council seeking to commit to another £10 million of investment.

This comes on top of the £162 million it has already planned to spend by 2016, with the authority saying the new classes are needed to cope with a significant increase in pupil numbers.

Croydon Council recently received the largest government grant in the country to support its school building programme, but hopes its allocation will be added to still further if the latest funding bid is approved.

There are already over 60 education projects underway in the borough, and the new announcement could see a further new school built and four more set up in converted buildings.

Councillor Tim Pollard, cabinet member for children, families and learning, said: “These new schools and extra places are going to be needed over the next few years and the council has made it an absolute priority to ensure that we meet the growing demand.

“We will of course be careful to consult fully with local people and as we have demonstrated recently we will listen to concerns and make our plans accordingly – however it has to be stressed that educational outcomes remain our prime concern.”

The brand new school building is proposed for largely vacant land between Aberdeen Road and Spices Yard in South Croydon, and one of the four buildings earmarked for conversion is SeGAS House, which has sat empty for a number of years.

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