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£8.6milllion primary school expansion projects set to go ahead in Colchester

8 August 2016

Plans to expand two popular Stanway primary schools have moved a step closer.

Essex County Council wants to increase the capacity of Stanway Primary School from 280 pupils to 420 and Stanway Fiveways Primary School from 315 to 630 pupils.

The £4.4million project at Stanway Primary, which will allow the school to take an extra 20 reception pupils per year, will involve the construction of a new two-storey teaching block.

As well as providing space to accommodate the new pupils, four existing temporary classrooms will also be replaced as part of the scheme.

The project at Stanway Fiveways will cost about £4.2milllion and allow the school to accommodate an extra 45 reception pupils each year.

A new standalone two-storey teaching block, featuring nine new classes and a small hall, will be built, while some existing space will also be remodelled.

The proposals come following a number of recent developments in Stanway and with lots more homes due to be built in the area over the next five years.

Both plans have now moved a step closer after outline business cases were approved by Essex County Council.

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “Our continued investment in creating new school places has meant we have been able to offer the vast majority of pupils a place at one of their parents’ top preferences.

“We recognise that further places are still needed in areas such as Colchester and are planning to spend about £360million over the next three years on creating thousands of new school spaces across Essex.

“Projects such as these are crucial in continuing to meet the rising demand for school places and I am pleased to see the proposals moving forward.”

Stanway Primary School will begin taking an extra 20 reception pupils per year from September this year.

Stanway Fiveways will also take pupils early, initially accommodating an extra 15 in both September 2016 and 2017.

They will be based in temporary classrooms until the new teaching blocks are completed ahead of September 2018.

Subject to planning permission and other processes, building work should start at both schools in September 2017.