New £3.15m school to be built on Leicester Road in Rugby

The primary school will be called The Gateway
The primary school will be called The Gateway

A new school will be built in Rugby and three others expanded to meet the growing need for places.

As part of a near-£10million package of projects in the town, Warwickshire County Councillors have approved the construction of a new primary school, The Gateway, to meet demand arising from new housing developments.

A breakdown of the cost of the project

A breakdown of the cost of the project

It will be based within the Gateway residential development on Leicester Road.

The estimated cost of the school’s construction is £3.15million, of which £1.8million has been collected from the developer.

Meanwhile, two other schools in the town will be expanded at a cost of almost £3million each.

At Long Lawford Primary School, a £2.95million scheme, including seven new classrooms, will enable to the school to accommodate the forecast need for an extra 90 places per year.

A further £150,000 has been allocated to maintaining temporary classrooms to allow the school to manage pupil numbers while the school is extended.

A further £2.95million will fund the expansion of Hillmorton Primary School so that it will be equipped to accommodate 420 pupils in line with a forecast increase in demand.

All the projects are funded from Warwickshire County Council’s Education and Learning (Schools) Capital Programme 2015/16 which will invest £16.8million into schools across the county.

Cllr Colin Hayfield, portfolio holder for education at Warwickshire County Council, said: “The county council has a duty to provide sufficient educational accommodation to meet the needs of the growing population. The allocation to schools will provide improved facilities and increased educational opportunities for students.”

Cllr Philip Johnson, Chair of Communities Overview and Scrutiny, said: “The county council has stated its commitment to providing our residents with access to training and skills and providing adequate school places to meet the needs of our residents. The allocation of this capital funding is important if we are to achieve this.”