Plans for expansion at North Weald school

RESIDENTS and parents will get a first look at plans for the expansion of St Andrew’s CoE Primary School in North Weald.

The proposals will be available to view during a consultation event at the school between 3pm and 7pm on Thursday 17 September.

The £1.9million project would see a new infant block built, containing two reception and two year 1 classrooms. An existing reception classroom would be extended to create a new key stage 1 classroom and the school’s main hall would be extended.

Other rooms would also be remodelled to make better use of space.

The works would create a further 105 places, increasing the school’s capacity from 315 pupils to 420.

Proposed floor plans and artists impressions will be available at the consultation event and council officers will be on hand to discuss the proposals.

Details of the plans and a consultation questionnaire are also available on the Essex Insight website throughout the consultation period, which begins midday on Thursday 17 September and ends at midday on Monday 21 September.

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “Essex is growing fast and we are working hard to ensure we have the school places in place to meet the rising demand.

“We are planning to spend about £200million over the next five years on creating new school places across the county.

“I would urge parents and residents to have their say on the proposals for St Andrew’s CoE Primary School by attending the public exhibition or taking part in the online consultation.”

Julie Lorkins, headteacher of St Andrew’s CoE Primary School, said: “As our school grows in popularity amongst parents, the proposed expansion is an exciting opportunity for us to develop a learning environment fit for the 21st Century and to meet the needs of the children in our North Weald community.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone into our school for the public consultation event on 17 September.”

Subject to the outcome of the consultation and planning permission being approved, it is hoped works will start in January 2016 and be completed ready for the new academic year in September 2016.

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