Fresh bid to expand overcrowded Carlisle schools
Last updated at 12:13, Wednesday, 14 August 2013
Plans for the expansion of two Carlisle schools are set to be resubmitted later this month.
The original plans for Kingmoor Infant and Junior Schools were withdrawn in May after concerns were raised over traffic issues.
But the revised application has been completed and due to be submitted on August 26.
Changes include extra parking spaces on the school sites, a new travel plan to encourage parents to use alternative methods to get their children to school and a new school crossing patrol for Kingstown Road.
David Southward, responsible for property with the county council, said they had done “significant” work over the past few months.
“I am reassured that the issues that councillors identified earlier in the year have been addressed,” he said.
“The expansion of the school building is absolutely necessary and is intended to ensure that there is sufficient classroom space for the children who are already at the school.
“The pupil roll will not actually increase as a result of the expansion; it just means that children will be taught in suitable facilities and class sizes.”
Zoe Turner, headteacher at Kingmoor Nursery and Infant School, said: “The additional classrooms are essential to solve the problem of overcrowding in Kingmoor Nursery and Infant School.
“In September we will have approximately 45 children more than the accommodation was built for.
“Lack of space is resulting in children being taught in classes of 34 from September which, although manageable, is far from ideal.
“The council has worked closely with us to provide temporary alterations to our building and this will suffice for the coming year but when the next group of 75 children start in September 2014, we will be in desperate need of our two new classrooms.”
Andy Cairns, head of Kingmoor Junior School, said the expansion would help them cope with extra pupils.
“The council has worked closely with our school to develop the proposals,” he said.
“They include our requirements for suitable teaching space, as well as the additional core operational facilities required for the school to continue to function successfully.”
Residents and parents are invited to a public meeting at the Junior School on Tuesday, August 20, from 6.30pm and a further meeting will be held on Thursday, September 12, after the start of the new term.
First published at 12:01, Wednesday, 14 August 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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If only people would walk a bit more then there wouldn't be an issue with parking!! It's actually fine on a morning with the numbers now (I should know, I live near enough to throw a stone in to the school yard). As long as people respect the yellow lines and the residents, there shouldn't be too much of an issue.
Intresting to read in the infant school news letter that the walking bus has had to stop as not enogh intrest in it. bet thats not mentioned at the meeting!!!
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