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Holy Trinity school expansion approved

A popular Burton primary school will be expanded to accommodate 70 more pupils following approval by the county council’s cabinet.

Holy Trinity CE(C) Primary School will now be expanded to increase the school’s admissions number from 20 to 30.  This means the school will expand by 70 places in total.

The decision follows a county council consultation with local people on a proposal to expand the school.

The proposal comes as 203 homes are planned to be built in Holy Trinity’s catchment area, meaning that around six 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.

County Councillor Philip White, Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills said:

Demand for school places, especially in Burton, has been increasing, so it is important that plans are in place 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.”