One of Doncaster’s top schools looks set for a massive expansion programme to cope with demand from parents wanting to enrol their children.
The education authority has decided to spend more than £1.9 million making Hexthorpe Primary School 50 per cent bigger than it is now to reduce the pressure on places.
The school, on Urban Road, will grow from being a two-form entry school with 420 pupils to a three-form one catering for 630 pupils, with finance available from the Education Funding Agency to provide additional classrooms and hall space.
Doncaster Council’s cabinet has agreed to give the scheme its approval after hearing some parents in Hexthorpe and Balby are having to send their children outside the district.
Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones said: “As the population in Doncaster grows, it is vital that we make plans to keep up with the demand placed on local schools. That is why cabinet approved these proposals to increase pupil places at Hexthorpe School.
“The school was rated as ‘outstanding’ in its last Ofsted and we are taking action to ensure local children receive the education they deserve, both now and in the future.
“Hexthorpe and Balby are key areas where school places are at a premium and with new developments planned in those areas it is even more vital to act now. We will continue to monitor school places provision across the whole of Doncaster.”
The area has become popular with migrant workers from eastern Europe because of its low-cost housing accommodation.
And the development of the nearby Bombardier railway works site for housing could eventually amount to a further 700 homes, leading to additional pressure on school places.
Hexthorpe Primary’s governors had already backed the idea but the fact the school will grow by more than a quarter means the proposal will be the subject of a wider consultation.
Doncaster Council will wait to see the responses from that before taking a final decision on whether to go ahead.
Architects are currently working on plans for the project which could include an additional hall and remodelling of classrooms in the existing school.
It is proposed, subject to consultations, that £424,139 is spent on the school by September and a further £1,471,290 by August 2015.