£1million to be spent on town school

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Massive building works costing around £1million are planned at Spalding’s Monkshouse Primary School with a new hall, two extra classrooms and remodelling of the existing layout.

Builders are now putting up a new classroom, due be finished by the end of June, and headteacher Sue Goodsell hopes that – subject to planning consent – work will start on the big remodelling project in late June or early July.

... a much bigger hall is something that the children have identified as something they would like.

Headteacher Sue Goodsell

Mrs Goodsell said: “We are very excited about it.

“The key difference is that we are going to get a new hall, which is very significant for us because our existing hall is too small for us to get the whole school in together – a much bigger hall is something that the children have identified as something they would like.”

She said the new classrooms mean Monkshouse will be able to have a two-form entry, instead of one-and-a-half, to cope with growing pupil numbers.

Other new features include a library and medical room, which will be housed in the re-modelled existing hall.

Lincolnshire County Council has applied to South Holland District Council for planning consent. The county’s design and access statement says the proposal is to take the school capacity to 420 pupils by September 2016.

There are about 362 children on the roll at the moment, while the existing capacity of the school is 315 places.

The statement says a mobile classroom is on site to accommodate the additional children.