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School hopes to build ‘teaching kitchen’ for parents

PUBLISHED: 13:00 15 May 2016

Portishead Town Council will debate the plans this evening.

Portishead Town Council will debate the plans this evening.


A Weston-super-Mare school is seeking permission to expand so it can provide a teaching kitchen for parents and extra facilities for children with extra needs.

Windwhistle Primary School, in Kingsley Road, has room for 60 children per year group – reception to year six – and 60 nursery spaces. The purpose of the application is not to enable an increase in pupil or staff numbers, but to provide better teaching facilities.

At the moment the school uses temporary buildings to meet its needs, but is looking to replace these.

North Somerset Council has applied for planning permission to build a two-storey school extension to the south of the school, and a single-storey extension to the north.

In its design and access statement, the council says the school has a ‘high number of pupils’ needing personalised teaching programmes.

It said: “If the school is to continue to provide personalised learning it is vital that the existing temporary buildings are replaced by a permanent solution which offers an improved quality of teaching space.

“The need for the community kitchen is driven by the need to provide more support to the parents of the children who attend Windwhistle School and a valuable service for the community. The community kitchen will provide a place for parents to meet and learn cookery skills, which they can use at home.”

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