17:57 Wednesday 11 December 2013

School revamps begins to edge closer and closer

Written byROB SMYTH

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POSITIVE reaction by parents and residents could mean that a £5 million school expansion could soon be given the green light.

A proposal to enlarge Rykneld Primary School will be put before Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet next Wednesday, after a ‘fantastic’ response was received to extensive consultation within the community.

The proposal is to expand the school from 469 to 630 pupils over six years, in light of increased housing development in the area.

The school expansion will be funded by the developer, St Modwen, and will ensure that the area can provide school places for the growing number of local children and families, as a result of new housing development on the land south of Branston.

Ben Adams, cabinet member for learning and skills, said: “The proposal to enlarge Rykneld Primary School is part of our long-term vision for education in Burton.

“We have already invested more than £20 million in schools in Burton to ensure they are well placed to cope with increasing demand for school places, and this latest measure will ensure parents in the area have as much choice as possible when it comes to their child’s education.

“These latest measures are part of our ambition to create a prosperous Staffordshire where young people can learn, grow and make a significant contribution to the success of the area.”

Parents said that they supported proposals for six new classes to replace temporary classrooms, plus four additional classrooms.

They also backed calls 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.

If the plan is approved, a statutory notice would be published in January.

Cabinet would then consider any comments or objections received and decide on the proposal in March, 2014.

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