£14million primary school expansion projects for Colchester
Work has begun to create over 900 new primary places at good and outstanding schools in Colchester.
Having already delivered two new primary schools (Braiswick Primary School and Camulos Academy) and a number other expansion projects across Colchester Borough since 2014, it was evident to the local authority that further capacity was required to meet ever increasing demand from the area’s growing population. And so on top of its existing £30million investment, Essex County Council has committed a further £14million, to deliver expansion projects at St Michael’s Primary School, Stanway Primary School, Stanway Fiveways Primary School, Home Farm Primary School and Monkwick Junior School, all for September 2018.
Stanway Fiveways Primary School will expand by 315 places, to be created through the construction of a two-storey teaching block (with nine new classrooms and a school hall), whilst neighbouring Stanway Primary School will benefit from nine new classrooms (some of which replace existing temporary accomodation), to deliver a net increase of 120 places to the school’s capacity.
St Michael’s Primary School will receive eight newly built classrooms, within a new two-storey teaching block also containing a new hall, food science room and other facilities. Similarly, Home Farm Primary School will benefit from an additional eight new classrooms, whilst Monkwick Junior School will add 60 extra places through the provision of two classrooms, raising its capacity to 360 places (for 7-11 year-olds).
These extra places will be critical in helping the local authority to continue to offer the vast majority of pupils a place at one of their parents’ preferred schools. Further, Essex County Council sees the potential to create more than 1,000 more primary school places in the Colchester area over the coming years. For example, it hopes to build a new primary school at the Lakelands site in Stanway, whilst the Education and Skills Funding Agency has approved proposals for an all-through Free School on the Chesterwell site in Mile End, as well as a primary Free School at an undecided location elsewhere in Colchester.