Council considering options to meet school places demand

Council considering options to meet school places demand

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Nicola Hine

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Council considering options to meet school places demand
Land off Ray Mill Road East could be used for a new primary school

More new school places are needed in Maidenhead to ensure the Royal Borough can satisfy increasing demand.

Forecast pressure on provisions means the council needs to act now to ensure it continues to meet its legal obligation to provide sufficient places.

A new primary school near the river is one solution being considered according to a report due before the cabinet tonight.

Council-owned land off Ray Mill Road East could be used to house a new academy or free school capable of providing 30-75 reception places.

This would help ease the strain on the eastern areas of the town which is anticipated as a consequence of large housing developments.

The borough has said it expects a shortfall of nearly 40 reception places by September and needs to find at least 30 as a priority.

Other options recommended include investigating the use of non-traditional school buildings for future school use, and expanding existings schools.

If the recommendations are approved all expansion proposals would be subject to consultation, as would a new school.

The report is due to be discussed at a meeting at Maidenhead Town Hall from 7.30pm.

Read the full story in today's Advertiser.

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