£8.6m for extra school places across Torbay

Cllr Cordelia Law, Cabinet member for children’s services

Cllr Cordelia Law, Cabinet member for children’s services - Credit: Archant

Torbay Council has welcomed news that it has secured £8.6m of government funding to provide additional school places from 2021/22.

The 'Basic Need' funding announced is in addition to existing DfE funding for the new free schools in Paignton.

The first local schools expected to benefit from the new funding will be Paignton Academy and more places at St Cuthbert Mayne.

Torbay will also receive £0.4m Capital funding for repairs and maintenance for its six maintained schools - Brixham Church of England Primary School, Furzeham Primary School, Sherwell Valley Primary School, Watcombe Primary School, White Rock Primary School and Mayfield Special School.

Cllr Cordelia Law, Cabinet member for children's services, said: 'The announcement that Torbay will get £8.6m for additional school places is great news, and we also welcome the new funding for repairs and maintenance.'