How can more school places be provided in Maidenhead?

How can more school places be provided in Maidenhead?

Michael Owens

How can more school places be provided in Maidenhead?
St Luke's CE Primary School in Maidenhead could be expanded

The Royal Borough has asked for opinions on how more primary and junior school places for children in Maidenhead can be provided.

There is set to be an increase in requirement for spaces in the next few years. A consultation has been launched for parents, teachers, and residents to have their say.

It gives details of the options that have been considered to create the required number of new primary and junior school places.

Options for increasing the amount of primary school places include expanding Ellington Primary School and Nursery, St Luke's CE Primary School or St Mary's Catholic Primary School.

The possibility of building a brand new school on land at Ray Mill Road East has also been suggested.

Views are also being sought on potential options outside the Royal Borough, including the expansion of Bisham School and of Knowl Hill CE Primary School.

Potential solutions to provide additional junior school places include changing Burchetts Green CE Infant School into a split-site primary school and expanding either Knowl Hill CE Primary School, All Saints CE Junior School or Courthouse Junior School.

The authority is also welcoming alternative suggestions from participants of the consultation.

Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for children's services, said: "We are resolved to putting extra school places where they are needed and where they will be of greatest benefit to our residents.

"We need you to tell us where you think those places should be.

"Whether you are a parent, pupil, teacher, school governor or resident, your feedback will help us to make the best possible decision.

"In addition, we are investigating the use of non-traditional school building options as a way of meeting the borough's growing demand for school places.

"If you have any suggestions for suitable sites or buildings, do let us know."

The consultation can be accessed online or by calling 01628 796572 for a paper copy.

Parents with children of primary school age in Maidenhead will receive a copy of the consultation document from their school or early years setting.

The consultation starts today. The closing date is Friday, June 28.

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