Support for school expansion plans

Kirton Primary School.
Kirton Primary School.

Proposals to expand Kirton Primary School have been met with overwhelming support – following a consultation which received not one negative response.

Education authority Lincolnshire County Council wants to increase the size of the school to cater for more than 200 extra pupils.

In total 35 people contacted the council during a public consulation on the £850,000 plan, which will see pupil numbers rise from 420 to 630.

Of the respondents, 24 were staff members and all representations were in favour.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, executive member of the council for children’s services, said: “There has been a very positive reaction to the proposal, with 35 written responses all in favour and the overwhelming majority of school staff in favour.

“I think people see this as an excellent opportunity to improve the school in an area where we need more places in an ever expanding village.”

It is hoped the change will mean that more children in Kirton will be able to go to their local school. It will also bring more funding to the school, which could improve teaching provision, the councillor said.

A spokesman for the county council said responses to the consultation will now be considered, and if the decision is made to proceed with the plans, further consultation will take place before a 
final decision is made in June.

The authority is hoping to make a planning application in the summer, and to begin work by the end of the year, so the school is ready to receive its extra intake in September 2014.

No details have yet been revealed as to where extra classrooms would be built for the school, which is on Station Road.