Building work planned at expanding school

Headteacher of William Harding Combined School Dominic Hughes. The school has recently submitted a planning application for a new building and extra parking spaces. The area of which is between the two buildings seen to the right and behind Mr Hughes
Headteacher of William Harding Combined School Dominic Hughes. The school has recently submitted a planning application for a new building and extra parking spaces. The area of which is between the two buildings seen to the right and behind Mr Hughes
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An Aylesbury primary school is expanding its facilities in order to be able to take on extra pupils.

William Harding Combined School in Hazlehurst Drive, Aylesbury, has submitted a planning application to the district council for a new block between the two school buildings containing an admin area, studio, hall with dining facilities and a classroom.

Headteacher of William Harding Combined School Dominic Hughes

Headteacher of William Harding Combined School Dominic Hughes

Headteacher Dominic Hughes said: “We want to expand because we are being asked to take more children.

“We are being expected to increase by one class size every year and we want to improve the provision for the pupils we currently have and at the same time enhance what we have got.

“The new building we are proposing would be between the junior and infant shcools and that would mean there is a covered walkway between the two buildings as well as a learning space.”

The application also includes extra parking and drop-off/pick-up space at the front as well as a proposed new nursery building with playground area.

Mr Hughes said: “We are looking for 38 extra parking spaces at the front for staff and visitors and another six for dropping off and picking up as this would help reduce congestion.

“We are also looking to relocate the bike shed and this would move from the front to the pedestrian area.

“We have been given extra funding for 48 more nursery spaces – 24 in the morning, 24 in the afternoon.

“This would be a phased development and we would hope to complete the whole project by February 2017.

“We are confident this application will get through because we have had no indications otherwise.”