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785 extra school places for Stockport – Mark Hunter MP

July 24, 2013 2:51 PM

An extra 785 school places will be made available in Stockport thanks to 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. The new places will be made available at new schools and at existing schools judged as 'good' or 'outstanding' by Ofsted - including Queen's Road Primary School in Cheadle.

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.

Commenting, Mark Hunter MP said:

"Liberal Democrats are committed to building a stronger economy and a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life and education is a huge part of that. By ensuring that every child is able to go to a good school, we give them the best chance to reach their full potential.

"This extra support from the Coalition Government ease the pressure on school places and will allow more children in Cheadle attend good schools."