A BURTON school has announced expansion plans as it looks to increase its pupil capacity over the next few years.
Paget High School has been given the go-ahead to create a new section of the school which will include two new classrooms to be joined to the main building by a new corridor, with bosses expecting work to be complete as early as September.
The school, in Burton Road, Branston, has taken action to increase the size of the building with it expecting to see a surge in pupil numbers in the coming years.
The increase in pupils will also see the school provide extra room for parking on the site.
Andy Muldoon, business manager at Paget High School, said: “We’re having two new classrooms built which we hope to have operational for September to meet the increase in pupils we’re expecting.”
These appear to be exciting times for the school, which has taken action on the back of an increasing amount of applications it has received rather than having to keep turning children away.
Mr Muldoon believes that the reason behind the surge in demand is a combination of the improving standards of the school and Burton’s growing population.
Staffordshire County Council are planning to make 1,000 extra school places available over the next decade, but where other schools have announced expansion plans on a grand scale, Mr Muldoon says Paget is keen to take on a gradual increase in pupils.
He added: “This is brilliant news for the future. We’re a good Ofsted school and we’re always seeing an increase in people coming to us and choosing us as their first school.
“We’re expecting to see an increase as there is currently a high number of children in primary schools and soon they will be filtering through to secondary schools.
The school has formally being given permission to begin work after East Staffordshire Borough Council confirmed that it had no objection to the proposals.