New schools needed

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Up to 20 new schools could be needed in Norfolk over the next 10 to 15 years to cope with major housing developments and population growth.

It is also anticipated that new primary schools will be needed in areas which include near to Wisbech.

Extensions to schools are also anticipated across the county, leading to a possible 6,300 further school places in the county over the period.

Members of Norfolk County Council’s Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Panel will discuss the demands and future proposals when they meet on Thursday 21 November.

They will hear that £72m of funding is already available through government capital grant and developer contributions and the report sets out how that will be spent over the next four years. More investment will be needed in the long-term to provide the necessary school places, with the new schools being fully or partly funded from contributions from house-builders.