Windfall to ease crisis at Bodmin primary schools
THE acute shortage of primary school places in Bodmin will be eased thanks to a cash windfall from the Government.
Up to £18 million of funding has been provided for eight primary schools in Cornwall to provide extra school places, with St Petroc's Primary School one of the beneficiaries.
In total, 840 new places will be created, with St Petroc's able to accommodate an extra 90 children.
School governor Bob Micek said it was fantastic news for the children of Bodmin and their parents.
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"In the past, St Petroc's was oversubscribed and we were not able to offer places to everyone who applied.
"Last year, a new classroom was created to help the situation and the government money will now mean we will be able to build additional facilities and reduce class sizes.
"It is excellent news, and I am so glad it has happened here in Bodmin," added Mr Micek.
Schools Minister David Laws announced the Government had approved all eight applications submitted by Cornwall Council for additional funding for school places under the Targeted Basic Need Programme, which will fund the provision of new, high-quality school places in locations experiencing the greatest levels of pressure due to rising school numbers.
Cornwall Council has welcomed the news that the Government is allocating the authority additional funding to provide 840 new school places in eight Cornish primary schools.
Andrew Wallis, the local authority's Cabinet member for children and young people, said: "This is brilliant news for the council and the schools which will benefit from this funding.
"We know there has been increasing pressure on places in a number of areas in Cornwall and this money will enable us to create more places in these schools as well as the necessary strategic infrastructure. The council will now be working with these schools and local stakeholders to provide the new facilities."
Other schools to benefit will be: Indian Queens Community Primary School and Nursery, Mount Hawke Academy, Nanpean Community Primary School, Pondhu Primary School, St Columb Minor Academy, The Bishops C of E Primary School and Treleigh Community Primary School.