Residents are being asked for their views on proposals to create more than 1,000 new primary school places in Colchester.
Essex County Council has already overseen the creation of two new primary schools (Braiswick Primary School and Camulos Academy) in successive years, as well as expansions to a number of existing schools, but more new school places are still needed to meet the growing demand.
According to the council’s 10-year plan, meeting the demand for school places in Essex 2016-25, Colchester will need 2,541 new primary and 2,615 secondary places over the next decade.
A consultation opened today about plans to create 1,085 new primary school places across five existing Colchester schools from September 2018.
The proposals include:
- Expansion of Home Farm Primary School from 210 places to 420 places.
- Expansion of Stanway Fiveways Primary School from 315 places to 630 places.
- Expansion of Stanway Primary School from 280 places to 420 places.
- Expansion of St. Michael’s Primary School from 210 places to 420 places.
- Expansion of Unity Academy from 420 places to 630 place.
All five projects would involve the creation of new teaching blocks, works to enhance external areas for outdoor PE and play spaces, and increased car parking.
People can find out more about the proposals and have their say by attending one of the following public drop-in sessions:
- Home Farm Primary School (Tuesday, 10 January 2017 – 4pm until 6pm)
- Unity Academy (Wednesday, 11 January – 4pm until 6pm)
- Stanway Primary School (Thursday, 12 January 2017 – 4pm until 6pm)
- St Michael’s Primary School (Tuesday, 17 January 2017 – 4pm until 6pm)
- Stanway Fiveways Primary School (Friday, 19 January 2017 – 4pm until 6pm)
Comments can also be made online.
The consultation closes on Tuesday, 31 January 2017.
Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “Colchester is one of the fastest growing areas in Essex and the demand for primary school places is expected to continue to rise.
“We have spent about £25million creating 1,700 new school places in Colchester since 2013/14 and are committed to ensuring that investment continues in the years to come.
“These latest proposals are crucial in enabling us to continue to offer the majority of pupils a place at one of their parents’ preferred schools.
“I would encourage residents in Colchester to have their say by coming along to the public drop-in events or taking part in the online consultation.”