Posted on Monday 3rd February 2020
Parents and members of the local community are being consulted on the expansion of a popular Tamworth primary school.
Staffordshire County Council, along with the governing body and the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership is consulting on a proposal to expand Coton Green Primary School, and increase the school’s admissions number from 45 to 60. This means the school will have a total of 420 places.
The proposal comes as around 282 homes are planned to be built in Coton Green’s catchment area, meaning that around 15 extra primary school places per year group are needed.
Expansion plans include the provision of three additional teaching rooms, a studio with a food bay area, additional toilets, and a reconfiguration of existing facilities.
The consultation runs until February 14, and the county council is asking parents and the wider school community to have their say on the plans by emailing SOTconsultations@staffordshire.gov.uk.
County Councillor Philip White, Cabinet Member for Learning and Employability said:
“Demand for school places in Staffordshire has growing for a number of years as our county has become an increasingly attractive place to live and work especially for younger families. It is important we plan ahead to ensure there are enough places available locally to accommodate increased pupil numbers. Coton Green Primary School is rated by OFSTED as ‘Good,’ and Governors and the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership are keen to embrace expansion so the school can continue to serve the local community and enable more local pupils to benefit from the valuable education they offer.
“Every child deserves a good education and the county council is committed to providing the best possible start for young people. With the well-documented rise in birth rates and proposed housing developments, we have to plan ahead so we can continue to offer good and outstanding school places for children in the county.”
The full consultation document is available to view on Staffordshire County Council’s website at: http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk – just search for ‘Coton Green.’