Friday, 19 July 2013

Great news - Indian Queens Primary School secures government investment

Yesterday’s announcement from the Schools Minister David Laws is fantastic news for Cornwall and, in particular, Indian Queens Primary School in my home Parish.

Cornwall Council made eight applications to the Government’s Targeted Basic Need Programme to provide funding to increase the number of places in schools facing the greatest level of pressure due to rising school numbers.

The Government has confirmed that it will support all eight proposed improvements, though I understand that the financial details have yet to be finalised

The additional funding will allow capital works to proceed to provide a total of 840 new school places in the following schools:

Indian Queens Community Primary School and Nursery
Mount Hawke Academy                                                  
Nanpean Community Primary School                               
Pondhu Primary School                                                   
St Columb Minor Academy                                              
St Petroc’s C of E VA School                                           
The Bishops C of E Primary School                                  
Treleigh Community Primary School

Indian Queens Primary School has been under considerable pressure because of the number of children within St Enoder Parish and surrounding areas who need school places.

I am delighted that these pressures have been recognised and Cornwall Council has been able to persuade central government to invest improvements at the site.

Cornwall Council is about to submit a planning application for two new classrooms at the School which is funded separately and this investment will fund further improvements that will ensure the School has capacity to offer places to all local children for the long-term.

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