19:13 Friday 06 December 2013

Primary school overhaul is nearing completion

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

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THE final part of a major school expansion in Burton has moved a step closer after plans to build two new classrooms were formally submitted.

Work to turn River View Primary and Nursery School, in Stapenhill, into a two-form entry school has been steadily progressing after an expansion plan was given the go-ahead earlier this year.

An application to build two new classrooms has been submitted and, subject to approval from East Staffordshire Borough Council, work is expected to begin in early 2014 ahead of the new school year in September.

The work will be in addition to two classrooms which have already been extended.

The school was targeted for expansion by Staffordshire County Council as part of its drive to create 1,000 extra school places in Burton over the next 10 years to cope with increasing demand.

The school is gradually increasing its pupil numbers, with 420 places to be available once the work is complete.

As well as the new classrooms, the school’s play area and car park will also be extended.

Head teacher Chris Bell said the move was necessary to cope with the amount of children applying to come to the school and that she was excited about the changing times at the school.

She said: “We’ve had some work done already. Two new classrooms have been extended giving the children a much better space while we’ve also converted a new room at the back of the stage.

“The new classrooms mean we will be able to have single age classrooms across Key Stage 2.

“The work will benefit us greatly. We’ve already got new nursery classes and now we will be able to have single age classes.

“It is exciting. We’re a growing school and now we’re going to have the resources available to meet our needs.”

County council education chief Ian Parry said the plans were crucial to the authority’s goal of making more school places available.

He said: “The enlargement of River View will create more primary school places for the children of Burton and is part of our ambition to create a prosperous Staffordshire. Although we have seen increasing demand for school places across the county, it is in Burton where we find the most immediate need.”

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