School could double in size

Flax Bourton Primary School could double in size to cope with a demand for spaces.

Flax Bourton Primary School could double in size to cope with a demand for spaces. - Credit: Archant

A primary school in North Somerset could be permanently expanded to cope with an increasing demand for spaces.

Flax Bourton Primary School, in Station Road, has taken in extra pupils for three years.

The school previously catered for 15 pupils in reception, but this was upped to 30 both in 2015 and 2016.

North Somerset Council has now been working with senior staff and governors at the school to decide whether a permanent increase in provision should be made.

A council spokesman said: “Our education provision strategy promotes the aim of local children being able to access a school place at their nearest school.

“We have funded and delivered an extra permanent classroom and an expansion to the school’s staff room in the 2015/16 school year to enable the school to accommodate the additional pupils currently and to be on roll from September 2016.

“This additional accommodation brings the school’s classroom capacity up to five. Plans about how to physically expand the school to accommodate an additional two class bases, relocate the reception and staff office and expand the school’s hall and kitchen is being discussed at the moment.”

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The plans involve upping the numbers from 105 to 210 from September 2018.

A report to the committee states if no change is made, children living in and near Flax Bourton may have to be offered school places at some distance from their homes which would subsequently lead to an increase in the council’s school transport budget.

The report will be discussed by the council’s children and young people’s services policy and scrutiny committee today (Thursday).

If the proposals are backed by the executive member, a consultation will be held to find out the views of interested parties including parents and staff.