Spalding school expands to meet demand for places

Pupils outside their new hall with head Sue Goodsell, MP John Hayes, Coun Angela Newton, Coun George Aley, Coun Patricia Bradwell.
Pupils outside their new hall with head Sue Goodsell, MP John Hayes, Coun Angela Newton, Coun George Aley, Coun Patricia Bradwell.
  • It can now take two forms in each year group and have 420 pupils

A major expansion project to help satisfy the growing demand for school places in Spalding was officially opened on Friday.

MP John Hayes was at Spalding’s Monkshouse Primary School, where a £1.46million programme has seen two new classrooms and a larger hall built.

Youngsters inside their new hall.

Youngsters inside their new hall.

There are also new stores, a servery, toilets, a larger library area and new meeting and medical rooms at the Pennygate school, which can now cater for 420 pupils.

The aim of the project was to expand the school so it could take in two reception classes every year and so have two forms in each year group.

Head teacher Sue Goodsell said: “The school hall has been on the children’s wish list since I arrived here five years ago and so this, together with the classrooms and other updated facilities, is a welcome boost.”

Coun Patricia Bradwell, deputy leader at Lincolnshire County Council, who managed the project, added: “We now have extra capacity to meet the extra demand for school places and provides the school with a much needed upgrade in facilities.

We’re committed to supporting projects like these where they will help relieve pressures on places

Coun Patricia Bradwell, deputy leader at Lincolnshire County Council

“We’re committed to supporting projects like these where they will help relieve pressures on places as well as improving the environment for children and school staff.”

• A full page of pictures in Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.