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Village school could be set to double in size
10:00am Saturday 2nd November 2013 in News
A PRIMARY school near Bourton could expand to nearly double its current capacity if plans get the go-ahead.
Gloucestershire County Council is proposing to expand Great Rissington Primary School which would see an increase in its reception places from 14 to 27 from next September and increase the school’s current capacity from 98 pupils to 189 by 2018.
A public consultation has been launched into the plans with a deadline for comments on Friday, November 8.
It follows the start of work on Linden Homes’ new Victory Fields development of 368 homes in Upper Rissington, which will see the number of school aged children in the area increase.
The number of places would be increased in a phased way, with more places being made available when more families move into the new homes.
To accommodate the extra pupils, the developer will provide an additional site and new school building within the new housing development.
Councillor Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people and commissioning, said: “More houses are being built in the area. Obviously we are going to need to add more school places for the new families moving in.
“We want to ensure that parents continue to have the best possible chance of getting a place at one of their local schools.”
Coun Nigel Moor, county councillor for Stow, said: “These extra school places will be badly needed as the number of children needing a school place in the area rises with housing development continuing.”
Headteacher Liz Bannister said: “The building development at Upper Rissington means that there is a need for additional school places in the area.
“A new school building would enhance the super provision that we already have at Great Rissington School and it would be very exciting to get the whole school and the wider community involved in sharing their design ideas for the new facilities.”
To comment on the proposals visit gloucestershire.gov.uk/greatrissingtonprim ary or e-mail grconsultation@ gloucestershire.gov.uk to request a hard copy.
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