Plans to expand ‘popular’ Rotherham school’s capacity

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A South Yorkshire primary school has proved so popular with local parents that it now needs to expand its intake.

Laughton Junior and Infant school, in Rotherham, has been oversubscribed for years with long waiting lists as pupil numbers quickly fill up.

Now Rotherham Council is considering expanding the school as part of a £1.2m plan.

The Department of Education funds would be used to not only expand existing classes, but also to carry out long overdue remedial work.

This would include the removal of a prefab building which is used for the reception class.

“This would be replaced with a new foundation stage unit.

The plans have already met with majority approval from parents, carers, staff, governors and pupils.

Now the council’s cabinet is expected to back a recommendation to increase capacity at its next meeting on October 10.

Headteacher Emma Gill said: “Increasing the capacity at the school I’m sure will be welcomed by parents and carers.

“We have a small school but one which could increase without it having a detrimental effect on the high standard of education delivered.

“We also welcome the plans to do remedial work at the school, which we are very much in support of, as this will help with the delivery of teaching and learning.”

Coun Gordon Watson, deputy leader and cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said: “The reality is this school is regularly oversubscribed and this means we have to turn pupils away year on year, which isn’t ideal.

“Expanding capacity at this school will mean local places for local children and this will increase parental satisfaction.”