Governors at St Michael’s Primary School in Stoke Gifford have agreed to take on an extra reception class for the next two years, in response to a shortage of places anticipated by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC).
Construction work to create three new permanent classrooms at the school is nearing completion and it had been anticipated that some of the temporary ‘Elliott’ buildings at the site would be removed once classes had transferred from them into the new building.
However, the Council has now asked the school if it could use the soon-to-be-vacated temporary classrooms for an extra intake form in September 2013 and September 2014.
The school has agreed to the request, provided that a number of conditions are met. These include the refurbishment of the temporary classrooms and improvements to other parts of the school’s infrastructure.
Governors have also insisted that the breach in admission numbers should last for no more than two years.
Headteacher Mark Freeman. writing in the latest school newsletter, accepts that there is a strong demand for places at the school, demonstrated by the fact that 25 first choice applicants were turned away last year.
SGC has earmarked £110,000 to refurbish the temporary classrooms, subject to approval by Councillors later this month.
Related link: Schools in Stoke Gifford (The Journal)