Plans in pipeline to expand five schools

Corby, Exeter Primary School, ''Friday, 19 March 2010

Corby, Exeter Primary School, ''Friday, 19 March 2010

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Plans to expand five schools, creating hundreds of additional places for pupils, are in the pipeline to cope with Northamptonshire’s growth.

The county council proposals are for Exeter Primary School, Corby; Greenfields Primary School, Kettering; St Mary’s Primary School, Burton Latimer; Loatlands Primary School, Desborough; and Ruskin Infants School, Wellingborough.

A spokesman for the authority said: “There is a rising birth rate at national level, but in Northamptonshire two other factors are further contributing to the increase: significant levels of inward migration, combined with new housing developments across the county.”

Consultations on the plans are taking place with staff, parents and governors.

The county council plans to make use of redundant school buildings to reduce the need to build new classrooms.

In September next year Exeter Primary School’s roll could rise from from 420 to 630, St Mary’s from 288 to 420 and Ruskin Infants from 188 to 270 .

Pupil numbers at Greenfields and Loatlands are both expected to rise from 210 to 420 by 2014.