Expansion could allow for extra 90 pupils at North Petherton Primary School (From This is The West Country)
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Expansion could allow for extra 90 pupils at North Petherton Primary School
PARENTS can find out more about plans for a major expansion of North Petherton Primary School tomorrow (Wednesday).
Somerset County Council is seeking planning permission for three permanent classrooms, and to move the staff and visitor car parking within the school grounds.
The classrooms would come in an extension joining on to the existing school hall, and would create space for four classes, incorporating 90 pupils and six staff.
Sheila Williams, from the county council’s business development team, said: “The primary roll in the North Petherton area is rising rapidly, and there is now an urgent need to address the predicted shortfall of places by September 2014.
“Once the school is operational in a 14-class structure, a two-form entry arrangement without the need to mix key stages or year groups can be adopted.”
Bill Revans, Mayor of North Petherton, said that at last week’s town council meeting, a number of people living near the school had raised concerns about the traffic impact of the extra classrooms.
Councillors have agreed to hold a special planning meeting to discuss the proposed school expansion.
Gary Hobbs, head teacher of North Petherton Primary School, said letters had been sent to neighbours about the school’s plans, and informing them of an open meeting tomorrow.
Running at the school from 3pm to 7pm, the meeting will give people the chance to view the plans and ask questions.
A consultation on the scheme ends on September 27.
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