Boosting school places

Labour is expanding the number of school places for local children.

An extra 300 reception class places will be made available across Lambeth over the next three years after the council received £9 million from the government to boost school places – part of a major investment programme helping local authorities under pressure from increases in school numbers.

Classrooms are being created at the most popular schools to meet short-term demand, including Jubilee, Hitherfield, Crown Lane and Immanuel and St Andrew schools.

The Woodfield Centre in Dingley Lame, an unoccupied former special school, is being converted to provide an extra 420 primary school places by 2016. It will operate as a federation with thriving Henry Cavendish Primary School.

In our manifesto, Labour is pledging:

• A choice of good schools for parents in every area.

• An expansion in out-of-hours provision at primary schools, so that childcare and activities are available from 8am to 6pm at a local school for all parents.

• To extend free school meals so that an extra half a million primary school children from low-income households can benefit.