This week (15 March) Wokingham Borough Council's decision-making executive approved the proposed expansion of three primary schools in the Wokingham Borough.
Beechwood and Highwood primary schools in Woodley, and Loddon and Aldryngton primary schools in Earley, were identified for expansion in the borough council’s Primary Strategy Implementation Plan.
It was recommended that (subject to planning consent, where this has not yet been awarded):
- Beechwood Primary School expands to offer a total of 60 places per year (up to a maximum of 420) from September 2018
- Highwood Primary School expands to offer a total of 60 places per year (up to a maximum of 420) from September 2018
- Loddon Primary School expands to offer a total of 90 places per year (up to a maximum of 630) from September 2018
However, the proposed expansion of Aldryngton Primary School in Earley was not approved for September 2017. This is because the number of applications received does not justify the expansion this year.
Cllr Charlotte Haitham Taylor, executive member for children’s services, said: "Demand for school places has been going up and continues to increase. As a result, we introduced the Primary Strategy Implementation Plan to explore where the need for primary school places was and to ensure that every child has the opportunity to attend a local school.
"Wokingham Borough Council has a statutory responsibility to ensure that there are sufficient school places across the Wokingham Borough.
"By investing in this scheme we will be able to provide excellent primary school education to Wokingham Borough families."
As the proposed expansion of Aldryngton Primary School received planning consent earlier this month (March 1) the school could be expanded in the next three years (as per planning conditions) to deliver additional reception school places should the need arise.