Ellington Primary School moves a step closer to expansion

Ellington Primary School moves a step closer to expansion

Lucy Elder

Ellington Primary School moves a step closer to expansion

Plans to expand Ellington Primary School in Maidenhead were well received by councillors at a Royal Borough meeting last night.

The expansion is one of the recommendations in a report on how the borough could create 246 extra primary school places.

Recommendations would see Ellington Primary double their intake from 30 to 60 and also looks at other schools which could be expanded if needed.

These were St Luke's Primary in Cookham Road, St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Cookham Road, All Saints CE Junior School in Westborough Road and Courthouse Junior School in Courthouse Road.

Alison Alexander, strategic director of children's services, invited councillors to ask questions on the report.

"I think it is a very good report," said Cllr Lynne Jones (Old Windsor Residents' Association, Old Windsor). "It has been well thought through."

The decision on the recommendations is due to be made by the cabinet at a meeting on Thursday.

An update on the progress of a report into how to create more secondary school places was also discussed.

In March, officers were asked to look into possibilities and they are currently working on three areas in preparation for a report in March next year.

Cllr Jones commented that she would prefer to see two separate reports for Windsor and Maidenhead.

Other items discusses included a summary of school achievement data, savings proposals, the expansion of Braywood CE First School up to 150 places and the annual consultation on school admissions arrangements.

Ann Domeny, interim head of safeguarding and specialist services for children and young people, told the meeting that the Royal Borough have recruited eight more social workers .

Ms Alexander also gave a presentation on the new OFSTED inspection framework.

The children's services overview and scrutiny panel met in the Council Chamber in the Town Hall.

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