Consultation on plans to move town’s primary to bigger site

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Parents and staff are being asked their views on plans to move a town primary school to a bigger site.

Lincolnshire County Council has begun consulting on proposals to relocate and expand South View Primary School in Crowland to refurbished buildings of the former St Guthlac School, currently the University Academy, Holbeach.

If the plan goes ahead the bigger primary school would open in September 2014 and address the shortage of primary school places in Crowland by increasing the number of pupils on roll from 322 to 420 pupils.

It would include additional classrooms and, according to the county council, lead to “enhanced teaching provision and career opportunities for staff to benefit the learning experience of the children”.

The school has also said it wants to create an establishment that is at the centre of the community.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for children’s services, said: “This will bring important improvements to facilities and provide more places for local children, but we also want to stress that community access to South View Primary School is at the forefront of our plans.”

Crowland parish councillor Bryan Alcock added: “Following a recent constructive meeting with the county council it was agreed to enable and support community access to the areas previously covered by the Chance to Share scheme at the very least.

“Indeed, we hope that enhanced facilities could be made available in the future.

“The parish council is pleased to note that ongoing access will be made available, where possible, during the refurbishment.”

The deadline for comments on the consultation is Monday, November 19 at 5pm, after which a planning application will have to be submitted.