Herts County Council pushes Stevenage primary school expansion

Roebuck Primary School in Stevenage

Roebuck Primary School in Stevenage - Credit: Archant

Plans to expand a primary school have taken a step forward despite a public consultation providing a mixed response.

Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) met on Monday to discuss plans to expand the Roebuck Primary School, in Stevenage, by 30 places.

The expansion would see the school change from one to two form of entries by September 2015 - a move that would involve extensive building work.

A survey taken by the council of residents and parents found six peope agree with the plans, another six are unsure and 11 disagree.

Justin Donovan, Director of Education and Early Intervention, said: “It remains the council’s duty to ensure that there is a school place for every child that wants one and we are seeking to provide them as close to where they live as possible.”


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A document submitted alongsige the proposals reads: “The expansions will improve access to school places to all sectors of the communities in which they are located, and avoid very young children having to travel longer distances to access education.

“The County Council will work closely with the school to ensure minimal disruption during the building works. Modern construction methods, including off-site building solutions, can significantly reduce the amount of time building contractors are required on site.”

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The statutory notice period ends on May 21 when HCC’s cabinet will be asked to approve the proposals for enlargement at 14 July meeting.

For more information visit www.hertsdirect.org/schoolplaces

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