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Four new classrooms plan for Padiham primary school
6:30pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
PLANS have been unveiled by education chiefs to tackle swelling pupil numbers at a popular school in the heart of Padiham.
County school bosses have already approved the expansion of St Leonard’s Moor Lane site, with an extra 15 pupils introduced at the start of the last September term.
Headteacher Laura Toor and her governors have been able to accomodate the first influx of youngsters by making plans for a minor extension and using existing space more productively.
But a more long-term solution was always on the cards and a four-classroom development has now been drawn up for the south-west corner of the main building.
Architect Ivan Horvath said in a design statement: “The need for additional school places in the Padiham area of Burnley has arisen mainly through the increase in births but also because of housing development in the area.”
Currently St Leonard’s is a one-form entry school but this will be extended to a one-and-a-half form entry, requiring 15 pupils per new age group.
Education officials are hopeful that at least two of the four classrooms should be ready for use by the start of the September 2014 term, if planning approval is secured.
Under the scheme, extra teaching stores, cloakroom areas, a new school entrance and reception offices have also been incorporated.
An additional infant play area should also be created and a new path around the reception and infant sections, to which should ease demands on space at drop-off and pick-up times.
The existing play equipment on the sports field would be moved and another 300 square metre hard play area also made available.
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