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Council secures funding to improve primary school buildings

Combining Westcott and Abinger means children will be educated up to the age of 11 in a village school. Currently pupils at both have to transfer to Dorking schools at the age of eight.

The scheme was one of five given the go-ahead for 2009-10 after the Cabinet gave its approval for detailed plans to be drawn up for three schemes in the Dorking area and others in Godalming and Reigate.

The Cabinet paved the way for the primary school project to be the first of the five to start by agreeing to close Westcott and Abinger Common first schools.

The schemes Cabinet agreed are:

– Expanding Westcott School so it can merge with Abinger Common
– Refurbishing and updating St John’s Church of England Community School and Nursery in Dorking
– Building a foundation unit for pupils aged four at St Martin’s Church of England Primary School in Dorking
– Extending and refurbishing Green Oak Church of England Primary and Nursery School in Goldaming
– Installing a temporary ‘resource room’ at the recently expanded Sandcross School in Reigate.

The government has indicated that additional funding of around £9 million will be made available next year to further support the 309 infant, first, junior and primary schools in Surrey.

Peter Martin, Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, said: "These schemes add up to a significant programme of investment in facilities that will benefit Surrey residents for years to come. Surrey’s schools are among the highest performers nationally and this spending will raise education standards even further.

"This investment means we can transform buildings so that we can make a real difference to children’s learning and results."

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