Rain

Rain

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 12°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

Ipswich: Four schools set to expand to accommodate increasing number of primary school pupils

13:00 23 February 2013

More space is needed at Rushmere Hall Primary School

More space is needed at Rushmere Hall Primary School

PLANS are being put forward for the expansion of four Ipswich schools to meet the growing demand for primary age admissions in the town.

The first proposals to be released are for Rushmere Hall Primary School, in the north of the town.

The school is looking to add more than 200 places over the next four years, with the capacity set to go from 420 places to 630 by 2017.

Rushmere Hall has already offered extra spaces in reception for pupils starting in September 2011 and 2012 and Suffolk County Council anticipates a need to continue the arrangements in the 2013 autumn intake.

A public information event was held at the school this week and a consultation process has been launched.

Parents have until March 8 to submit their responses.

In the consultation booklet, the council says the 10 schools in the Northgate and Copleston pyramids had space to accommodate just under 4,500 children.

The report adds: “All 10 schools have been experiencing increasing demand for places, because of the rising birth rate and extensive housing development across the area.

“We are forecasting a need for an additional 90 places in reception year groups between 2013 and 2017.

“This takes into account increases in pupils arriving from new housing and an allowance for parental preference. Very few of the schools in the area have the capacity to expand further.

“In some cases, the schools are already operating at maximum pupil levels. In other cases, the sites are not large enough to expand accommodation.

“For September 2013 onwards, and on the basis of initial feasibility studies, we believe it is possible to provide 60 of the 90 places needed. We are investigating further options to provide the remaining 30 places from 2014 onwards.”

Rushmere Hall is located on a large site that would be able to accommodate extra classrooms and support buildings to accommodate additional pupils and governors are in favour of the proposal.

The consultation runs until March 8 and to submit a response visit www.suffolk.gov.uk/consultations.

The council’s cabinet will make a final decision in July and if the proposals are approved, work will begin on building the new accommodation needed by the school for September 2014.

3 comments

  • Nice headline ...............but what four schools??

    Report this comment

    Joseph Marshall

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • Once again, Only half a story, just like Joseph Marshall says: What are the other schools. - May I suggest you are employing persons to report who have no idea on how to write a story!

    Report this comment

    Bruce Wade

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • The other shools are Hillside, St. Margaret's and Cliff Lane Primary Schools.

    Report this comment

    On Two Wheels

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Police investigate the scene of a murder on Old Road in Clacton.

A man has admitted killing a Clacton woman in her home.

Hollesley Bay

Hollesley Bay prison’s Independent Monitoring Board Chairman has pledged continue with her duties despite being ostracised by other board members.

Mill Street flooding in Mildenhall - 10.36am on 31/5/16 - picture by Helen Hysted

In just one hour, flood waters rose high enough to cause a BMW to break down in Mildenhall this morning.

Whitsun Fayre in Bury St Edmunds.

Sunday’s Whitsun Fayre in Bury St Edmunds could turn out to be the busiest yet in the town centre, adding further weight to questions about whether now is the right time to reintroduce the town’s carnival.

Matthew Brett freshens up the hay for Theberton Herd cows at the Suffolk Show.

This week we have a team of reporters and photographers at Trinity Park bringing you full coverage of the highlight of the Suffolk agricultural calendar - the Suffolk Show.

UK Power Networks tree trimming

Engineers have been called in to cut trees back from an overhead power line after the two came into contact in a Suffolk village and sparked a fire.

The sun shines for the first day of the Suffolk Show 2015.

Tomorrow marks day one of the Suffolk Show 2016 - which promises to be the biggest ever show.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24