Schools in Swindon are expecting to be educating 720 more children in the next financial year.

And they should be getting another £9m to do it.

The Swindon schools forum will meet on Wednesday and one of the items on the agenda is the dedicated schools grant from Whitehall for education in the borough.

This is money allocated to schools themselves or to Swindon Borough Council, and which can only be used on education.

One report to the forum says primary and secondary schools will have 32,679 pupils on their books.

And it adds the grant from central government will be £146.6m - up from £137.6m for the year 2019-2020.

Four new schools, The Deanery Academy, Great Western Academy, Badbury Park Primary and William Morris Primary School all began taking pupils at the start of September and will be expanding for the next academic year.

The meeting begins at 4pm at the civic offices tomorrow.