The headteacher of a south Norfolk school says she is “very pleased” that an extra reception class for September will allow all children in the catchment area to attend.
East Harling Primary School and Nursery, which has 224 children on its roll, normally accommodates for 30 reception places. However, 43 potential new pupils within the catchment listed the school as their preference. Some were subsequently offered places at Great Hockham Primary.
But after concerns were raised, and an emergency meeting was held with the parish council, parents and the school, Norfolk County Council confirmed the extra provision would be made for one year.
Amanda Yates, headteacher for the past eight years, said house building in the village and a ‘baby boom’ of the age group played a part in the extra demand.
“We were very concerned that a number of children within our catchment area and many with siblings already at the school were not able to get places,” she said. “We are very pleased that we have been able to come up with a solution to allow all the children in our catchment.”