More pupils set to attend primary school

Primrose Hill Primary School will increase its intake from September next year
Primrose Hill Primary School will increase its intake from September next year
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A popular primary school is set to double in size after proposals to increase the number of pupils were approved.

From September next year, the intake at Primrose Hill Primary School in Euxton will increase from 30 to 60 children, with the overall capacity doubling from 210 to 420 pupils.

“We need to increase the size of this popular school to meet the growing need for places. This is as a result of the rising birth rate coupled with the effect of significant housing development in the Euxton area.”

Matthew Tidmarsh

And a planning application has been submitted to build an extension with eight new classrooms, a hall and other facilities for the school on Primrose Hill Road.

Matthew Tidmarsh, Lancashire County Council’s head of asset management, said: “We need to increase the size of this popular school to meet the growing need for places.

“This is as a result of the rising birth rate coupled with the effect of significant housing development in the Euxton area.”

Primrose Hill has been oversubscribed for at least four years, with 50 first preferences and 78 second preferences for the school in 2015.

The council has identified a need for at least 47 additional primary school places in 2017 in Euxton.

A consultation was held earlier this year on proposals to increase the intake at the school, as well as at Trinity CE/Methodist Primary School in Buckshaw Village.

A final decision to expand Primrose Hill was made earlier this month by County Coun Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools.

To cater for the extra pupils, a planning application has been submitted for a single-storey extension.

There would be eight new classrooms, a hall, storage and toilet/cloakroom areas, an extended teaching area and office.

The scheme would also see a new playground and multi-use games area at the school, an extension to the car park and a new playing field area.

The existing building would be remodelled internally and a temporary mobile classroom demolished.

Fifteen extra members of staff would be employed.

Mr Tidmarsh said: “We’ll be able to provide an extra 30 reception places in the new extension from September 2016. The new classrooms have been designed to give state-of-the-art teaching facilities benefitting from modern teaching aids.

“The extra pupils allocated places for September 2015 will initially be taught within the existing school. We are looking forward to being able to accommodate the children in the new classrooms next year.”

There are also proposals to increase the intake at Trinity from 60 to 90 pupils and for a second school building on another site in Buckshaw Village.

Some parents are campaigning against the second building and a decision on the expansion is due to be made next month.