More Children for Chafford School

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A meeting of governors at Chafford Hundred Primary School on Wednesday (13 May) evening has agreed to take an extra class of 30 pupils.

The council is also in talks with other schools in Chafford Hundred to ensure that all 39 children who were initially unable to secure a place at one of the estate’s schools will be able to do so.

Cllr Sue MacPherson, Thurrock Council’s Cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: “There are still some practical details we have to agree with everyone, but I will endeavour to ensure all concerned parents receive a letter confirming places in Chafford Hundred schools during the half-term week.

“The council has been working hard with the schools to make sure that enough places will be available.”

Cllr Tunde Ojetola(pictured) — a ward councillor and school governor — added: “I am pleased parents have been given the schools of their choice.

“It goes to show that fact that there is a year-on-year increase in demand for school places in Chafford.

“We now need to discuss the long-term plan for school places to prevent the unnecessary anxiety parents have had this year.

“Along with councillors Veryard and MacPherson, I met with concerned parents to assure them the council would do everything possible to meet their needs and I am quite pleased with the outcome.”

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