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Plans Drawn Up For School's Expansion

Tuesday August 20 2013


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PLANS are being drawn up to allow a Barnsley school to double its number of pupils - at a cost of £2.8million.

Consultation is expected to begin shortly at Worsbrough Common Primary to look at increasing the number of places available at the school from 210 to 420.

The proposed development, funded with a £2.8million grant from the Department of Education, would be phased with four new classrooms and a multi-use hall built for the start of 2014/15 academic year.

A remaining four classrooms, external works and car park would be finished for January 2015.

Headteacher Kate Davies is confident she can make the expansion of the school, rated outstanding by Ofsted, a success.

"There's a lot of pressure on us now in terms of places with key stage one pupils and we're having to turn children away left, right and centre," she said.

"I know a lot of work has been done trying to add on bulge classes but I think it has got to the point where there's nowhere else to go with it.

"We're taking the plunge; doubling the size of the school makes a lot of sense."

The increasing demand for primary school places has been met to date by the council working closely with schools to increase capacity.

This includes things such as increasing admission numbers or creating an additional reception class to pass through the school over a seven year period, known as bulge class.

It's already given approval to extend Worsbrough Common Primary building as part of its 2013/14 budget.

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