Proposed new primary school for Newhall in Harlow given the green light

News / Tue 22nd Sep 2015 at 12:48pm

PLANS to create a new primary school in Harlow were given the go ahead today (Tuesday)

Pupil numbers in the area have risen dramatically over recent years, primarily as a result of development, and projections suggest the increased demand for school places is likely to continue.

With that in mind, Essex County Council’s Cabinet today agreed to the construction of a new 420-place primary school on the Newhall housing development site in Harlow.

As part of the proposals, a 56-place early years centre will also be built on the site, adjacent to the primary school.

The £9.1m project, financed through developer contributions, is expected to be completed by September 2017.

Cabinet also approved plans to invite proposals from academy sponsors to run the school, which will grow on a phased basis and eventually be able to accommodate two classes per year group.

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “The demand for primary school places in Harlow is growing fast, like many areas of Essex.

“These proposals will help ensure we have the supply to meet that rising demand.

“I am pleased my Cabinet colleagues have agreed to proceed with the plans to create this much-needed primary school and early years unit.

“As a council, we are committed to providing the infrastructure needed to support the county’s growth and are planning to spend about £200million over the next five years on creating new school places across Essex.”

An appropriate site for the school and early years centre has been identified and will be transferred to Essex County Council by July 2016.

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