Schools: Ashford

Department for Education written question – answered on 14th February 2019.

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Photo of Damian Green Damian Green Conservative, Ashford

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has in place for increasing secondary school places in Ashford after 2022; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

There are 21,211 more school places in Kent than there were in 2010 - as part of our drive to create a million more school places this decade, the largest expansion for at least two generations.

Local authorities are under a statutory duty to ensure that there is a school place available for every child, and the Department provides basic need funding for every place that local authorities tell us they need. Kent has received £246 million to provide new school places from 2011-2018, and has been allocated a further £52 million from 2018-2021. Capital funding for education beyond the current period will be agreed as part of the next Spending Review.

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