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Two primary schools set for expansion

Two primary schools will be expanded to offer more places to children.

Baldwins Gate Primary School in Newcastle and St Stephen’s Primary School in Fradley will be expanded to allow them to cope with an increase in demand for places in both areas.

St Stephen’s will be expanded by 105 places at a cost of £2.4 million, which will see the addition of new classrooms and another playing field.

At Baldwins Gate, two additional teaching rooms will be provided at a cost of £530,000 along with additional pupil toilets, an outdoor play area and additional car parking spaces.

The plans are in response to rising birth rates and proposed housing developments. After consultation with both schools and local people, the plans were agreed today by Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet.

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

“With new housing proposed for Fradley and Baldwin’s Gate, it is important we ensure there are enough primary school places available to meet demand.  As both schools are rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, the governing bodies of both schools are keen to embrace expansion so that future pupils can benefit from the valuable education offered by the schools.

“The right foundation of learning and skills is important for our young people to access good jobs and live healthier, happier and independent lives.  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.”