Three Rugby schools could be expanded to meet demand

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Three schools could be expanded and turned into primary schools in a bid to meet the demand for places.

Parents of pupils at Bawnmore Infant School, Bilton Infants and Bilton CofE Juniors received letters last week stating that a consultation period had begun regarding making the three schools all-through establishments, rather than being split between infants and juniors.

If the proposal is passed, Bawnmore infants would cater for children aged four to 11, rather than its current four to seven age range. This would mean the school would have an extra 240 pupils. The school’s governing body and the county council say benefits include continuity of teaching and learning. No staffing losses are envisaged at this time.

Bilton Infant School currently has 180 pupils but, if the plans go ahead, it would eventually cater for 420.

A concerned parent, who did not wish to be named, said: “There is no research to prove primary is better for children than separate infant and junior. I noticed that Eastlands has just announced in its December newsletter that it will not convert to two form entry as there will be insufficient sustained demand. Don’t the planning and education departments at the council talk to each other? Or do they plan to ban families from the planned radio masts estate?

“They would rather have three identical schools within sight of each other. I’m glad I don’t live between them as the traffic will be a nightmare.”

Public meetings will be held at Bawnmore Infants on January 12 and 21 at 6.30pm, Bilton Infants on January 14 at 6.30pm, and Bilton Juniors on January 11 at 6.30pm.