£1.4m expansion for primary school
PUBLISHED: 14:00 30 October 2015
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A PRIMARY school in Worle, which needs more space to cater for its students, is seeking planning permission for a £1.4million, four-classroom extension.
Mendip Green Primary School, in Greenwood Road, has recently received primary school status – moving up from a first school – which means it can cater for more year groups.
There are 540 children on its roll this year, but next September it will grow, as it will have year six students for the first time.
The school’s headteacher Bruce Dale said: “We were originally a school for 600 students, but that has dropped dramatically and now we are going back up.”
Numbers dropped due to other schools in the area opening, such as Herons’ Moor and St Georges.
If planning permission is granted, Mendip Green’s extension will have four classrooms, a group room and a welfare room in a £1.4million project funded by North Somerset Council.
Mr Dale said: “The council has been working closely with us, asking what we want, so we are equipped for teaching in the 21st century.”
The building will not take up any of the school’s playground and Mr Dale said: “It’s a redundant piece of land. It won’t take away from any of the children’s play area.”
If planning permission is granted, work would start in February next year and would be completed by September 2016.
The application’s design and access statement says: “The school is in need of additional classroom and learning support space to meet the demands of the pupils it services.
“This application offers the school and the community the opportunity to build upon the success of the school and improve the quality of the school’s offering to residents.”
A public consultation was held in July and September where people living nearby raised concerns about additional traffic.
But the application says: “The scheme is unlikely to generate any additional traffic when compared with the traffic generation potential associated with the existing school.”
Mr Dale said the school will also encourage older pupils to walk and cycle to school.
He said: “We are looking forward to doing Bikeability, we have never been able to do that before because we’ve not had older students.
“It’s a very exciting time.”