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£4million school places boost for Gateway
8:00am Thursday 19th July 2012 in News
A TILBURY school has been given a £4million cash boost which will allow it to take in 300 more pupils.
The Gateway Academy, in Marshfoot Road, will use the Government cash to build an extension on top of its new primary school, as well as improving campus infrastructure.
The £6million Gateway Primary Free School is due to be completed in August 2013.
The extension will house a new English and special educational needs block.
The news should go down very well with residents in Tilbury and Chadwell St Mary, who have complained about a shortage of places at the academy.
Headteacher Kevin Sadler said: “It has been very upsetting for us to have to turn away local children, but we are bursting at the seams.
“Now, unless there is a huge house building regime, we should be able to say that any local child who wants to come to the academy will be able to.”
Mr Sadler said the school is grateful to Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price who lobbied hard for the extension for two years.
The Conservative MP said: “The Gateway Academy is an outstanding school, but was never big enough to provide for all local children.
“Times are tough, but we are making a huge amount of money available to give children in Chadwell St Mary and Tilbury a really good start in life.”