Primary school expansion plan due for decision

Kirton Primary School.
Kirton Primary School.

A decision is due on the expansion of Kirton Primary School tomorrow (Thursday).

The £850,000 project would see pupil numbers rise from 420 to 630 and has already been agreed in principle – with approval now needed for a planning application to do the buidling work.

The plans will see a single storey extension to the north west of the school to make it three classes per year. The extension would include six new classrooms – three for reception and three for years one and two – a new hall, a room for language skills and other rooms including a library.

The building will go on top of an ‘overgrown habitat area’ with the only other options said to have been to go over the top of play areas.

The county council says the plan is needed to meet a shortage of primary school places in Kirton.

Senior project manager Gerald Snaith said: “NHS birth data for the Kirton area shows that on average over the next four years the number of children that will be requiring a primary school place is up to 30 more each year than it has been in recent years.”

The plans also state that sites for a new school in Kirton were considered but that the expansion of the current school was considered the best option.