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Work to begin on primary school’s expansion

Published on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

WORK is set to begin on an expansion project at a popular city primary school.

St John the Baptist Church of England Primary School, in Clarendon Park, will get five new classrooms as part of a £1.7million expansion project being funded by the city council.

The plans will also see the school get new toilet facilities, a room for smaller groups to work in and a larger reception area, as well as a double-height extension to the existing infant hall.

The improvements will allow the school to create an extra 22 pupil places in each year group, meaning 154 permanent new places will be created overall.

City mayor Peter Soulsby, who has approved the release of funds for the work from the council’s capital budget, said: “We know that St John the Baptist Primary is a popular school that parents want to send their children to, so I am pleased that we are investing in this programme of expansion to provide more much-needed places.

“Investing in our schools in this way demonstrates our vision and long-term commitment to provide modern, purpose-built facilities at the heart of our communities – the sort of facilities that help children to learn and achieve to their full potential.”

This year (2018/19), more than 4,400 children have been allocated primary school places to start full-time school in the autumn. Ninety-one per cent gained a place at their first preference school, with 97 per cent gaining a place at one of their three preferred schools.

The city council has invested more than £27million in a programme of primary school expansion to meet increased demand, and is currently also working on its biggest-ever expansion programme for many of the city’s secondaries.

This £70million investment will see 3,000 extra places created overall – the equivalent of two new secondary schools, or about 600 extra places per year group.