Lower schools granted permission to expand premises
Date Added: 10/04/2017
Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive has today (4 April) approved applications by three lower schools to expand their premises.
Robert Peel and St Swithun’s VC lower schools in Sandy, and John Donne CofE lower school, in Blunham, need to expand their premises to take on extra pupils from September.
That’s because they are extending their age ranges to accommodate Year 5 and 6 pupils and becoming primary schools.
Executive reviewed the results and feedback from public consultations around the schools’ proposals before granting approval to all three at today’s meeting.
There was unanimous public approval for John Donne’s proposals with 85 per cent of respondents in favour of the changes and St Swithun’s and 63 per cent supporting the work at Robert Peel.
Sue Harrison, the council’s Director of Children’s Services, said: “The work that the schools need to carry out is not so much necessary for accommodating Year 5 pupils this year, but for when they take on Year 6 pupils in September 2018.
“Residents’ views are very important which is why we carry out public consultations on any proposals and then analyse and consider all feedback in the final decision-making process.”
The schools will now – where applicable – need to apply for planning permission to carry out the work and also permission from the Department for Education if they are changing the use of any school land such as playground space.