School places could be increased

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The number of places available at a special primary school in Wellingborough could be increased next week.

A Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member decision is due to be taken on Thursday, June 6, to decide whether to increase the capacity of Rowan Gate special primary school.

The cabinet member for children and education, Cllr Catherine Boardman will consider a report which asks for the go-ahead to start a statutory consultation on plans to increase the capacity of Rowan Gate special primary school.

Cllr Boardman said: “The proposals for Rowan Gate would see a 56-place annexe opening to meet the growing demand for increased special needs provision in the primary school phase.

“It would also result in reduced journey times for some of the children travelling to Wellingborough from the wider East Northants area.”

Rowan Gate primary school is the only special school in the Wellingborough and East Northants area offering curriculum access for children aged from three to 11 years with significant learning and physical disabilities.

The annexe would be situated at the former Hayway Infant and Nursery School from September 2014 to serve Rushden and East Northants.

If approved, the county council will lead on the statutory consultation for Rowan Gate which will ultimately require final cabinet approval.

The report estimates the Rowan Gate expansion would cost £1.4million. Bids for capital funding have been submitted to the Department of Education.

The cabinet member decision takes places at 10am on Thursday, June 6, in the Blue Room at County Hall. Papers for the meeting are available on the council’s website:

http://cmis.northamptonshire.gov.uk/cmis5live/MeetingsCalendar/tabid/73/ctl/ViewMeetingPublic/mid/410/Meeting/2246/Committee/401/SelectedTab/Documents/Default.aspx.