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Spalding Academy will be undergoing a multi-million expansion project to create additional 150 new places

A secondary school will be expanding to create an additional 150 pupil places over the next seven years following a number of building developments in the area.

Lincolnshire County Council is planning a multi-million expansion of Spalding Academy with the creation of 18 new teaching jobs to cater for the increased demand.

Spalding Academy, which is part of the South Lincolnshire Academies Trust, has applied to South Holland District Council to construct a new teaching block, which will include an additional eight classrooms.

Executive headteacher Lucy Conley with Spalding Academy pupils
Executive headteacher Lucy Conley with Spalding Academy pupils

Executive headteacher Lucy Conley said: "The next few years will be incredibly busy and exciting, with all staff and students at Spalding academy being obviously very pleased and supportive of these changes to satisfy current and future local demand.”

The county’s assistant director for education Martin Smith said: “The council wants all local children to get a good education and that means making sure there are sufficient school places.

“A number of new houses have been built in the Spalding area in the last few years, and this is likely to mean increased demand for school places in the near future.

“Spalding Academy is a thriving school and this multi-million pound expansion project will create 150 additional places over the next few years, alongside improved facilities for pupils.

“However, the academy trust will need to secure approval from the Regional Schools Commissioner and the local authority requires planning permission before the expansion can go ahead with these exciting proposals.”

South Holland is seeing a significant amount of building in the coming years.

Planning applications have been submitted for a total of 347 homes in Pinchbeck while Broadgate Homes has been given planning permission to construct 312 dwellings in the first phase of St John’s Circus. Longhurst Housing is building 36 homes on the former Welland Hospital site in Roman Bank.

The school’s design and access statement said: “Spalding Academy has been identified for additional secondary school places in the Spalding area to meet the county council’s statutory obligation to ensure sufficient pupil places in the county as demographic pressures from new housing and large cohorts from the primary school sector are projected to put pressure on secondary school places over the next few years.

“The proposal is for an increase in the school’s published admission number from 270 to 300, which would see an eventual increase in capacity from 1,350 to 1,500 by September 2027.

“This will be phased in over the five years, with up to an additional form of entry (30) of pupils being admitted each year until the new capacity is potentially reached.

“Being able to provide school places locally will reduce the likelihood of pupils having to be transported to alternative schools outside of the local area.”

The school is hoping to build the new block on an overgrown area, which had previously been used for vocational training.

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