THURROCK Council’s education portfolio holder, Cllr Oliver Gerrish, has welcomed the official opening of a new class block at Harris Academy (Chafford Hundred).
The new classes, allowing for an extra 30 places a year, were funded by a Basic Needs Safety Valves grant arranged by Thurrock Council.
Speaking after the launch, Cllr Gerrish said: “There is no secret about the pressures on school places on the Chafford estate and this £2½ million investment shows just how seriously the council takes it.
“I’m very proud of the excellent facilities that we have been able to put in place and the council will continue to place the highest priority on securing an excellent education for all our young people”
The two-phase project saw the building of a new stand-alone nursery, the provision of extra space last year and the reconfiguration of the old nursery. In all this has allowed the school to increase from having only “two forms of entry”, or 60 children starting each year, to three forms – which equates to 90 children.