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Expansion proposals for school in Castle Hedingham to go on show

16 August 2016

Exciting new plans are to go on show for the expansion of de Vere Primary School.

The proposals will be available to view at a public exhibition at the primary school between 4pm and 8pm on Wednesday 24 August.

The project, funded by Essex County Council (ECC), would see a total of 70 new places created to help meet the growing demand in the Halstead area.

Two new classrooms would be built, the roof of the existing hall would be extended and raised and administration areas expanded.

Boards illustrating the proposed plans, which also include additional all-weather play areas, will be on show at the exhibition and feedback questionnaires will be available.

ECC representatives will also be available to discuss the proposals at the event.

The questionnaire and details of the plans will be published at (under themes and projects – current consultations) during the consultation period of 19 August - 26 August.

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “The vast majority of pupils are offered a place at one of their parents’ top choices.

“However, we understand that more places are still needed to cater for the ever-increasing demand, which is why we plan to spend around £360m over the next three years on projects just like this.

“I’m very happy with these proposals, but I wholly encourage parents and residents to have their say and get involved in the consultation.”

Ms Shelley Jones, headteacher at de Vere Primary School, is also pleased with the plans.

Ms Jones said: “The Governors and staff are delighted to see our lovely school expand, and know the children will be given a school they will be proud to attend.”

Subject to the consultation’s outcome and the planning process, work is hoped to begin in March 2017, with the intention of the new classrooms being available for September 2017.