Plans to double size of Elsenham Primary School

PUBLISHED: 11:15 05 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:15 05 July 2017

Elsenham Primary School. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Elsenham Primary School. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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Parents and local residents are invited to have their say on plans to double the size of a village school.

Essex County Council wants to create 30 new reception places at Elsenham Primary School each year from September 2018, gradually expanding the school from 210 pupils to 420.

The project, which would include eight new classrooms, comes amid growing development in the area and would help ensure there are sufficient places to meet the anticipated rise in demand in the coming years.

People can find out more at a drop-in session and exhibition at the school on Wednesday, July 12, from 2-7pm.

A consultation on the plans runs until Monday, July 31.

Ray Gooding, county councillor for education, said: “We continue to be able to offer the vast majority of pupils a place at one of their parents’ preferred schools and were delighted to offer a record percentage their first preference for this September.

“Our ongoing investment is vital in maintaining such a strong track record and we are planning to spend about £230million on creating new mainstream school places over the next three years.

“Projects such as this one are crucial if we are to continue to meet the rising demand for school places.

“Elsenham Primary School is a good and popular school, and I would encourage residents and parents to have their say on the proposal.”

Subject to consultation and planning processes, it is hoped work will start later this year in preparation for the first intake of additional pupils next September.

• To have your say in the consultation and find out more visit surveys.essexinsight.org.uk/Elsenham-expansion

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