Attleborough’s infant and junior schools could become ‘all-through’ primary schools in a bid to increase the number of school places in the south Norfolk town.
Norfolk County Council are proposing the changes, which they hope would ensure sufficient places for four to 11 year old, with the infant school moving to a new site within the development.
If implemented the changes would mean from September 2017, the junior school would become a two form entry primary school catering for up to 420 children aged between four and 11, enabling two classes in each year group. The infant school would become a 420 place school, also with two classes in each year group, but with the potential to expand for 630 children, and three classes per year.
The relocation of the infant school would be funded by developer contributions – with plans for a new school already included in the town’s masterplan.
Consultation on the proposal is set to begin in September.
Tristan Ashby, Chair of Governors at Attleborough Junior School, said: “We welcome the news that Norfolk County Council is working to ensure that the education provision within Attleborough meets the needs of the town now and with the capacity to facilitate local need as the town grows in population.
“As a governing body, we will be working with the County Council to ensure that the transformation of Attleborough Junior School into a primary school meets the needs of the pupils, staff and local community as a whole.”
Lucy Wayman, headteacher of Attleborough Infant School, said: “This is an exciting time for Attleborough Infant School. We are looking forward to our new school and the changes that will bring as we move potentially to become a primary school.
“We are committed to working with our partner schools and Norfolk County Council to provide Attleborough children with the best possible education for the years to come.”
Alec Byrne, County Councillor for Attleborough, added: “With up to 4,000 extra homes proposed for Attleborough, it is vital to plan for the growth and ensure there are sufficient school places for children living in and moving to the town.”