A PRIMARY school could be increased in size to cope with an expected influx of more than 150 extra pupils from a nearby housing development.
Staffordshire County Council is looking to expand Rykneld Primary School from 469 to 630 pupils over six years to try to head off any problems caused by the development of up to 660 new homes on land south of Branston.
The authority is working with developers St Modwen to extend and improve the existing school building in a deal worth an estimated £5 million.
Ben Adams, cabinet member for learning and skills on the authority, said: “We have been discussing this for some while with the school, and the head teacher and governing body are very supportive of our plans.
“The potential expansion of Rykneld Primary School is part of our long-term vision for education in Burton.
“By putting measures in place now, we can ensure we are ready to meet future pressures on pupil places in the area.
“The new development is expected to generate more than 140 primary school children, meaning there will be increased need for primary school places in Branston.
“Our proposal will increase capacity at Rykneld but also ensure that those currently at the school will not be affected.
“The changes will be implemented gradually for children starting at the school in the future, and we are working closely with St Modwen to minimise the impact any development may have.”
An enlargement could include six new classes to replace temporary classrooms, plus four additional classrooms.
There is also scope for a second school hall, three specialist rooms for ICT, food science/design technology and a library, five small group rooms, and an all-weather sports pitch.
A consultation on the plans will take place from November 6.