Extra school places consultation plan

PLANS to increase the number of places at several county schools will be discussed by education officials today.

Hundreds of extra school places could be created in Corby, Kettering, Burton Latimer, Desborough and Wellingborough if Northamptonshire County Council‘s cabinet member for education, Andrew Grant, allows a consultation process to go ahead.

Under the proposals, Exeter Primary in Corby would expand from 420 places to 630, and Greenfields Primary School in Kettering would have 420 places rather than its current 210.

St Mary’s Primary, Burton Latimer, and Loatlands Primary, Desborough, would also expand its number of places from 210 to 420.

The proposals also recommend Ruskin Infants School, Wellingborough, increases its register of children from 180 to 270.

A county council report says that expansion is necessary as the population of primary aged children in Northamptonshire has risen considerably in the past three years due to migration to urban areas and new housing developments.

The report states: “The county council has a statutory duty to make provision for increasing numbers of reception children starting school each September.”