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2,500 new school places created as council’s investment in education continues

22 August 2017

Essex County Council has created more than 2,500 new school places in the county ahead of the new academic year following a series of expansion projects.


The council has spent about £74million creating 2,535 new permanent mainstream places across the county.

300 temporary places have also been created through smaller projects to allow schools to take bulge year groups.
With pupils returning to school next month, many of the projects have already been completed while building works are continuing at some of the schools.
The secondary school expansion projects include 300 additional places at The Philip Morant School in Colchester, 270 extra places at The Stanway School and 145 new places at Joyce Frankland Academy in Newport.
At primary level, 210 new places have been created at Ghyllgrove Primary School in Basildon, Hogarth Primary School in Brentwood, Northwick Park Academy on Canvey Island, St John's Green Primary School in Colchester, St Andrew's Primary School in North Weald, White Bridge Primary School in Loughton and Kingsmoor Academy in Harlow.
Smaller projects have also taken place at Whitmore Primary School in Basildon, Cressing Primary School, De Vere Primary School in Castle Hedingham and The Flitch Green Academy near Little Dunmow.
The schemes will allow all of the schools to admit their first intake of additional pupils from the start of term in September.
Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: “Essex is growing fast and I am delighted a number of the county’s schools will be able to take extra pupils this academic year to help meet the rising demand for places.
“Our continued investment in new school places such as these meant we were able to offer a record percentage of pupils a place at their parents’ preferred primary and secondary schools for this September.
“We recognise that more places are still needed over the coming years and are planning to spend about £230 million on creating new mainstream school places across Essex over the next three years.”

Projects being delivered for the 2017/18 academic year:
District Name Permanent Temporary
BAS Ghyllgrove Primary School 210 
BAS Whitmore Primary School 105
BRA Cressing Primary School 70
BRA De Vere Primary School 70
BRE Hogarth Primary School 210
CAS Northwick Park Academy 210
COL The Philip Morant School 300 
COL The Stanway School 270
COL St John's Green Primary School 210 
EPP St Andrew's North Weald Primary School 210 
EPP White Bridge Primary School 210 
HAR Kingsmoor Academy 210 
UTT Joyce Frankland Academy 145
UTT The Flitch Green Academy 105
EPP Upshire Primary School 30
CHE Chelmer Valley High School 30
CHE Great Baddow High School 30
COL Millfields Primary School 30
TEN Brightlingsea Infant School 30
HAR Church Langley Primary School 30
TEN Holland Haven Primary School 30
UTT Rodings Primary School 30
TEN Alton Park Junior School 30
BAS Brightside Primary School 30