Kettering school extension plan aims to meet growing demand

Kettering, St Mary's Primary School, 'Monday, 09 January 2012 ENGNNL00120120901160639
Kettering, St Mary's Primary School, 'Monday, 09 January 2012 ENGNNL00120120901160639
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A Kettering school has submitted plans to add two new classrooms as well as enlarging a number of existing rooms to meet growing demand for school places.

St Mary’s Primary School, in Fuller Street, has lodged the plans with Kettering Council.

In the planning document, Toby Pateman Architects, acting for the school, say: “Given the impending shortage of school places, it is understandable that schools such as St Mary’s are proposing to extend their facilities.

“St Mary’s is currently heavily over-subscribed and provides a valuable service to a relatively impoverished area.

“Much of the new accommodation with be absorbed by increasing the classroom sizes and associated facilities in line with current standards, but without increasing pupil numbers.

“There will be a net increase of two classrooms, resulting in an additional 60 pupils, two teachers and two teaching assistants.”

Kettering Council says it aims to make a decision on the scheme by March 24.

The plans can be viewed online at www.kettering.gov.uk.