£1.5million school project about to start

PUBLISHED: 13:22 16 May 2011

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WORK on a new £1.5million facility at a Worle school will start this month.

The newly-designed and remodelled area at St Martin’s Junior School in Spring Hill, will provide 60 new reception places for four and five year olds from September.

The children starting at the school will then continue their education at St Martin’s until they leave for secondary school.

The site is currently a junior school for eight to 11 year olds, but the new centre will be the first step towards creating, subject to consultation and approval, a primary school there.

The new reception classes, which will be purpose built, will have their own dedicated play spaces.

North Somerset Council children and young people’s services director, Sheila Smith, says the new centre is an exciting opportunity to provide an ‘excellent’ learning environment for school starters.

She added: “This will be a purpose built unit, which will include brand new resources for reception pupils.

“It has also provided a great opportunity to create, if approved, an all through primary school on the St Martin’s site.

“We have known for some time that the number of pupils starting school in 2011 was going to increase but until parents applied for their preferred schools it was difficult to tell which schools would be full.”

There has been a 10 per cent increase in reception place applications this year in Weston, with a marked increase in the Worle area.

The council has currently offered 33 places at the new centre, but any parents interested should contact the school admission team on 01275 884078.

Pupils who have already been allocated a reception place at an alternative school can still apply, but may lose their current place.

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