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Mayor opens first in wave of new classrooms 16.02.11

The Mayor of Sutton has opened two new classrooms at Hackbridge Primary to help the borough cope with the baby boom.

Mayor Cllr Margaret Court with Hackbridge pupils outside the new classrooms

Following a dramatic rise in the borough's birth rate in recent years, primary schools across the borough have been embarking upon expansion programmes. There has also been an increase in demand for places in Sutton, whose schools are amongst the highest rated in the country. In autumn 2010, the council's planning committee granted permission for extra classrooms to accommodate 450 more primary school pupils and 20 extra staff.

At Hackbridge Primary, the extra rooms will create space for children who have joined the school since a three form entry system was introduced.

Cllr Kirsty Jerome, Executive Member for Children Schools and Families on Sutton Council said: "Sutton's schools have an excellent reputation, and we want all children to continue to benefit from the high quality education that they offer.

"Extra classrooms are vital if this is to happen, so it's great news that new spaces are being created.

"We will continue to fight for a fair allocation of capital funding from central government, so that we can continue to serve the needs of local children into the future."

Extra classrooms are also planned at Barrow Hedges Primary School, and Beddington Park, Devonshire, Dorchester and Muschamp Primary Schools are to build three new classroom each.

Last updated: Tuesday, 08 March 2011

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