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Councillors asked to approve £500,000 funding for two busy Gloucestershire schools

A funding package that will see nearly £500,000 invested into two of the busiest county schools will go before Gloucestershire County Council next week.

The council's cabinet will meet next week with approval of improvements to Cleeve School and Prestbury Sr Mary's C of E Junior school on the agenda.

The county council have secured £206,000 from Persimmon Homes, the housing developers of the Evesham Road development to upgrade dining facilities at Cleeve School.

Cleeve School is the only secondary school in the ever-expanding village and the investment will create new facilities for use by its youngest pupils.

The project will be completed over the summer and the new facilities will be ready to use in September 2019.

Alwyn Richards, Principal of Cleeve School, said: "We are delighted with this significant injection of funding, as part of our growth programme.

"It has meant that we are able to expand our catering facilities to include an extra dining room.

"This means that Years 7, 8 and 9, our youngest children, will have their own dining space from this September.

"High quality catering is an important part of our offer at Cleeve, so being able to eat within impressive facilities is very important to us."

The second set of funding to be agreed is an allocation of £270,000 to Prestbury St Mary's C of E Junior School on Bouncers Lane in Prestbury.

The junior school will need an additional 30 places for pupils moving from the infant school into year 3 in September 2021.

The £270,000 will come from the approved basic need budget to ensure the places are available when they are needed at the start of the 2021/22 academic year.

The county council plans to spend a total of £27.8 million on capital projects for children and families in the county in 2019/20, part of an overall investment of £100 million in Gloucestershire schools over the next three years.

Cllr Patrick Molyneux, cabinet member for education, said: "We're investing £100 million in our county's schools over three years, building new schools and upgrading and expanding current facilities.

"Our priority is that all children in Gloucestershire have access to the best education and enjoy learning in our schools.

"It's great that both Cleeve School and Prestbury Junior School are really going to see the benefit of this extra investment."

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