Five new classrooms given go-ahead for Thrunscoe Primary and Nursery Academy in Cleethorpes
FIVE new classrooms at an over-subscribed Cleethorpes primary school have been given the green light, to cope with rising pupil numbers.
Thrunscoe Primary and Nursery Academy, in Trinity Road, will have a new single-storey block of five classrooms which could be finished as early as May.
The new classrooms will increase the school's capacity from 210 to 315 – 50 per cent – and work could begin by the end of this month, now that North East Lincolnshire Council has the go ahead.
There will be an enclosed, outside area within the new block, which will be used as a secure space to eat lunch, to keep small animals and will have a story-telling area – similar to an existing area in the main school.
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New classrooms will also mean that an old classroom can be redeveloped as a studio for performing arts.
A new playground will be complete by mid-February as the new block is being built on the current play area – but two mobile classrooms will be demolished when the work is complete, freeing up space for another playground.
Headteacher Jill Goodwin said: "Currently, we are having to turn away pupils who go to our nursery school because there are not enough places at primary level," she said.
"We are thoroughly excited about the new opportunities this extension will offer our pupils – present and future."
The extension was announced in January – along with two new classrooms at William Barcroft Academy, already approved – as part of a scheme to cope with a steep rise in pupil numbers, paid for by central government's £800 million Basic Need funding, as featured in the Telegraph.
From 2010/11 to 2011/12 the local birth rate increased by three per cent – two per cent higher than the national average – and since 2001 there has been a 65 per cent increase in foreign nationals moving to the area.
The statistics bring into question controversial decisions to cull 4,000 places, amalgamating 24 infant and junior schools into 12 primary schools – including Thrunscoe – after Ofsted criticised NELC for having the surplus places.
Jack Blackmore, strategic director of people and communities, said: "Planning permission has been granted on works at Thrunscoe Primary and William Barcroft schools.
"The enhancement work and new classrooms, which will enable both sites to facilitate additional pupils, is underway. The work will be complete ahead of the new school year."