Havering Council plans to spend £18m improving schools in the next four years

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Havering Council is planning to invest more than £18 million over the next four years to open new schools and improve and expand existing ones.

The council is developing a new programme of projects to meet the need for places from early years through to post-16 and special education.

It includes plans for a new primary school at Beam Park, Rainham.

Births in Havering rose from 2,257 in 2002 to 3,423 in 2016, which has been reflected in the take up in primary school places, and over the next four years, additional places will need to be created to meet further demand.

The options are currently being finalised and will be presented to Council’s cabinet for approval later this year.

Councillor Robert Benham, Havering’s cabinet member for education, children and families, said: “The next few years will be an exciting and challenging time as we continue a programme of delivering additional places.

“At the heart of this programme is our commitment to ensure that we continue to meet local needs and secure high quality education for all Havering children and young people.

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“Our vision for education and learning is to ensure that every child goes to a school that is rated as ‘good’ or better and that they will achieve outcomes that are above the national average.

“Havering already has an excellent track record as a place for learning and we want to ensure pupils of all abilities achieve their aspirations.”

Over the past seven years, an extra 5,360 primary school places have already been created.

As pupils transfer to secondary schools this has placed a demand on the number of places required, therefore an additional 1,495 places for secondary schools will be delivered by 2020/21.

An extra 422 early years (aged 0-5) have been provided through the council working in partnership with local child care providers. Between 2022-23, the council expects a further 318 reception places will be needed.

Funding for schools will come from the school expansion capital programme and ongoing revenue costs will be funded from the Government’s Designated Schools Grant.