Harpenden's High Beeches School to expand by 30 places

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By JulieGK | Thursday, February 07, 2013, 14:40

A six week public consultation on a proposed programme of primary school expansions for September 2014 started yesterday after a meeting of the county's Education and Skills Cabinet Panel.

The programme will result in an investment of more than £21million and could lead to the creation of 249 extra permanent places at 13 schools across the county.

There is also potential for temporary expansion, should additional places be needed.

In Harpenden, High Beaches School will be increased by one form of entry which will see an additional 30 places available for the 2014 academic year.

St Helen's CofE Primary School (20 places) in Wheathampstead will also be expanded during the programme.

Frances Button, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills said: "While the programme of primary school expansions in 2012 is complete and that for 2013 is progressing well, forecasts have estimated that additional places will be required in some areas of the county for September 2014.

"Hertfordshire, like many other local authorities, has seen a significant rise in the number of reception age children registered with GPs since the original forecasts were produced.

"The proposed 2014 programme will enable us to provide the right number of places in the right location while making sure that the expansions are feasible, affordable and maintain the quality of our schools."

The schools are aware of their inclusion in the proposals. Consultations will conclude on 20 March and the Panel's proposals will be considered by Cabinet on April 22.

The Panel papers is available to view online at www.hertsdirect.org

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