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£50 million plan for new schools in Staffordshire

By Dayna Farrington | Staffordshire | Education | Published:

A £50 million plan could see six primaries and a first school built and the expansion of two secondaries in Staffordshire.

Stafford and Lichfield are among the areas that will get the new schools if the plans are pushed forward by council chiefs.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet will consider the proposals at a meeting next Wednesday.

Council bosses say it is important that Staffordshire children and young people have access to a “good, local school”.

The county council’s school’s capital programme includes funding to support six new primary schools, a new first school and the expansion of two Lichfield secondary schools.

Other areas to get new schools will be Uttoxeter, Tamworth and Burton.

In addition, a number of schools around the county will be having repairs and refurbishments carried out to ensure that they continue to be fit for the future.

Councillor Philip White, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for learning and employability, said: “It is essential that children and young people in the county have access to a good, local school.

“It is widely recognised that the quality of school buildings can help or hinder learning and teaching, so our comprehensive build and maintenance programme will ensure our children can learn in the best environments to help them succeed.

“We are also building on the success of previous years and continuing to plan ahead.

“We want to provide well-designed buildings and pleasant surroundings for Staffordshire children and, most importantly, ensure there are enough good school places available to meet current and future demand.”

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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