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Proposals to expand Great Rissington Primary School
A PRIMARY school near Bourton is set to expand to nearly double its capacity if plans get the go ahead.
Gloucestershire County Council is proposing to expand Great Rissington Primary 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 an online questionnaire and drop-in session at the school on Wednesday between 2.30pm and 6pm.
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.
“These proposals would mean a fantastic new school building and additional funding, which will benefit pupils and staff at Great Rissington.”
Councillor 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.
“Great Rissington Primary is a fantastic school, rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and these proposals would give more local children the chance to go there.”
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.”
A final decision on the increase will be taken in April 2014.
To comment on the proposals visit gloucestershire.gov.uk/greatrissingtonprimary and fill out the online survey or email email@example.com to request a hard copy.
The deadline for comments is Friday, November 8.
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