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Community invited to have a say on primary school expansion proposal

3 July 2017

Parents and residents are being encouraged to have their say on an exciting new proposal for the expansion of Elsenham Primary School.

Essex County Council wants to create 30 new reception places each year from September 2018, eventually boosting the school’s capacity from 210 places to 420 places.

The project, which would include eight new classrooms, comes amid growing development in the area and would help ensure there are sufficient places to meet the anticipated rise in demand in the coming years.

The community will be able to find out more about the proposal during a drop-in session and exhibition at the school on Wednesday 12 July, between 2pm and 7pm.

No appointment is necessary and representatives from both Essex County Council and the school will be available.

People can have their say on the proposed expansion by completing an online survey, which will remain active until the consultation closes on Monday 31 July.

More detailed information and a pre-planning application questionnaire will also be available online from 12 July until 19 July at  (under themes and projects – current consultations).

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: “We continue to be able to offer the vast majority of pupils a place at one of their parents’ preferred schools and were delighted to offer a record percentage their first preference for this September.

“Our ongoing investment is vital in maintaining such a strong track record and we are planning to spend about £230 million on creating new mainstream school places over the next three years.

“Projects such as this one are crucial if we are to continue to meet the rising demand for school places.

“Elsenham Primary School is a good and popular school, and I would encourage residents and parents to have their say on the proposal.”

Subject to consultation and planning processes, it is hoped work on the expansion will start later this year in preparation for the first intake of additional pupils in September 2018.