210-place school to ease pressure on primaries

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Pressure on primary school places in Spalding could be eased if plans for a new primary school are given the go-ahead.

Plans have been submitted by Lincolnshire County Council for a school for 210 children, aged three to 11, at the town’s expanding Wygate Park.

It is believed the school, which would be built on current open space within Wygate Park, could cost around £2.5million, with around £1.6million provided by the housing estate developer.

Initially it had been suggested the new school would be an “annexe” to nearby Spalding Primary School, but plans submitted to South Holland District Council describe it as a “standalone” school with an option of looking at shared services.

It is still hoped the new single-storey school will be open by September 2014, which could ease the pressure many local schools have been under in recent years.

Many have had to take in more than their usual number of pupils to ensure places were available for all four-year-olds.

This has resulted in some having to convert non-teaching spaces into classrooms or install mobile buildings to accommodate swollen numbers.

Last summer a mobile classroom was lifted into place at Spalding Primary School in Woolram Wygate, which took in 30 extra children.

The move further exasperated residents living nearby who were fed up with traffic chaos caused by parents dropping off and picking up their children.

Ward councillor Roger Gambba-Jones said: “Hopefully the problems would reduce to a certain extent, but probably only back to the previous level before the school took in the extra pupils,.

“Residents will not accept that that is an acceptable level and the problems definitely still need to be addressed.”

“I am hoping the new school would not create the same sorts of problems as it would be located next to open space so parking would not have an impact on houses.”