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Newcastle primary school set for expansion

A primary school in Newcastle could be expanded to offer more places to children in the area.

Baldwin’s Gate Primary School in Baldwin’s Gate, Newcastle, could be expanded by 35 places—5 places per year group—to 140 places, allowing it to cope with increased demand for places in the area.

The measures are being put before Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet, after an initial consultation held late last year revealed the school community were in favour of the expansion.

The expansion will cost around £530,000, will provide two additional teaching rooms, addition pupil toilets, an outdoor play area and additional car parking spaces.

The plans are in response to new housing being built in the village.

If agreed, there will be a further consultation with the school community starting at the end of January, with a final decision being made by Cabinet later in the year.

Claire Lowe, Head teacher at Baldwin’s Gate Primary School said:  “The governors and staff of Baldwin’s Gate CE (VC) Primary School welcome the opportunity of working in partnership with Staffordshire County Council.

“The expansion of our school will provide us with the exciting challenge of continuing to nurture and develop learning within our changing community.”

County Councillor Philip White, Cabinet Support Member for Learning and Employability said:  “With new housing proposed for Baldwin’s Gate, it is important we ensure there are enough primary school places available to meet demand.  By analysing the data available, we can see where extra places are needed and can ensure we put measures in place well in advance of any population increase.

“Baldwin’s Gate CE (VC) Primary School is rated ‘Good’ by OFSTED, and the governing body are keen to embrace expansion so that future pupils can benefit from the valuable education offered by the school.”