Expansion plans for schools struggling to place Rugby pupils

Long Lawford Primary School will be extended in September
Long Lawford Primary School will be extended in September
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A number of primary schools in Rugby are finding it hard to accommodate growing numbers of new admissions.

But expansion plans have been put in place by Warwickshire County Council, to include some Rugby schools.

One Rugby primary teacher said: “When schemes for massive housing developments are approved, school needs are not being accommodated.

“Lack of funding means that schools who would be willing to expand simply don’t have the capacity to do so.”

Long Lawford Primary School will be extended in September and Paddox Primary School will take an extra form.

A Warwickshire County Council spokesman said: “We are currently experiencing pressure on primary school places in some year groups in some schools in Rugby, particularly in infant classes (Reception, Year 1 an Year 2).

“However, we do have 108 infant places available now and we have secured a further 45 infant places for this school year.

“We are currently reviewing our provision for 2015/16 onwards to ensure we can continue to keep pace with demand for places.”

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey is confident the pressure on schools will change soon.

“I held a meeting with Warwickshire County Council to consider the arrangements for entry in September 2015. I’m supportive of growth in Rugby, but it’s important to ensure that appropriate infrastructure is provided and that includes the provision of new school places. I’m aware of new developments which should be announced soon, meaning additional facilities in line with expansion.”