Parents and members of the local community are being consulted on the expansion of a popular Burton primary school.
Staffordshire County Council is consulting on a proposal to expand Holy Trinity CE(C) Primary School, and increase the school’s admissions number from 20 to 30. This means the school will expand by 70 places in total.
The proposal comes as 203 homes are planned to be built in Holy Trinity’s catchment area, meaning that around 6 extra primary school places per year group are needed. The housing developer Maplevale Developments Ltd, is proposing to mitigate the impact by expanding the school.
Expansion plans include the provision of two additional teaching rooms, the expansion of an existing classroom, and relocation of the staff room and head teacher’s office.
The consultation runs until June 5, and the county council is asking parents and the wider school community to have their say on the plans either by emailing SOTconsultations@staffordshire.gov.uk, or attending a public consultation meeting at Holy Trinity Primary School on Tuesday 15 May between 3.45pm and 4.45pm.
County Councillor Philip White, Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills said:
“Demand for school places is increasing on a national level, and is important we plan ahead to ensure there are enough places available locally to accommodate increased pupil numbers. Holy Trinity CE (C) Primary School is rated by OFSTED as ‘Good,’ and Governors and the diocese are keen to embrace expansion so the school can continue to serve the local community and enable more local pupils to benefit from the valuable education they offer.
“Every child deserves a good education and the county council is committed to providing the best possible start for young people. With the well-documented rise in birth rates and proposed housing developments, we have to plan ahead so we can continue to offer good and outstanding school places for children in the county.”
The full consultation document is available to view on Staffordshire County Council’s website at: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/holytrinity