A £3.5million expansion is moving closer for Spalding Parish Church of England Day School.
Work on the phase 1 expansion is due to start next month, but now Lincolnshire County Council has unveiled more details of a further massive building project to boost the Clay Lake primary school’s capacity by 210 pupils so it can cater for 630 children.
The council says it wants to make sure there are enough primary school places within a safe walking distance of where young families with children live – and expanding the Parish Day School will avoid the need for parents to drive across town to take their children to school.
The county council already has planning consent to build two new classrooms and new toilets – and work will begin in May.
It is now seeking planning consent for a massive remodelling to include seven new classrooms.
Matthew Clayton, the council’s admissions and education provision manager, said the investment in the school will total around £3.5million.
He said: “It will increase their capacity from 420 to be able to take up to 630 pupils.
“This will enable the school to take in three classes per year group (up to 90 in total) instead of two classes per year group (up to 60 in total) and help meet the growing demand for primary school places in Spalding.
“The school has recently been graded ‘Good’ by OfSTED and the growing popularity and demographic pressures mean that additional school places are needed to meet the needs of the local community.
“The expansion will be phased in, with the additional places being provided year-on -year into the new Reception intakes starting in September 2016. The project will provide a new entrance and reception, a large new school hall, seven new classrooms, group rooms, toilets and ancillary spaces, a new full service kitchen to serve fresh hot school meals on site, and enhancements to improve the flow of the school and organisation of classes.
“The project is being carried out in phases to minimise disruption to the school, for full completion for the 2017/18 academic year.
“Some new facilities will be available sooner.
“The additional capacity will ensure that there are places available within a safe walking distance of where families with young children live, and avoid the need for parents to use cars to travel across the town to find a school place.”
• In October it was said the Parish Day School was to have six new classrooms but that’s now been increased to seven.