Primary school could double in size to make way for extra pupils

St Louis Catholic Primary School in Harris Court, Aylesbury
St Louis Catholic Primary School in Harris Court, Aylesbury

A primary school is set to double in size in a bid to meet the demand for an extra 210 new pupils in September 2016.

St Louis Catholic Primary School in Harris Court, Aylesbury, currently has 210 pupils on roll plus a nursery but if the plans for the new classrooms go ahead, this would rise to 420 along with nursery provision to accommodate two year olds.

Bucks County Council’s business investment group has decided to go ahead with the plans to acquire the two acre parcel of land – which currently belongs to the Trustees of the Sisters of St Louis – to build the classrooms needed to house the extra children.

A letter sent home to parents yesterday from headteacher Margaret Louisy said the proposal to expand was ‘fully supported’ by the governing body, the Sisters of St Louis and the Northampton Diocese.

It confirmed that from September this year, an extra 30 reception places would be created and subject to planning approval and the new classrooms being built, a further 210 children would be admitted in September 2016.

In the letter, Ms Louisy said: “This would be achieved by making improvements to the existing school buildings, building additional classroom and ancillary spaces and improving access to the school site.

“All of this would allow the additional children to be successfully accommodated.

“The expansion of our school would provide us with a number of benefits and ensure the continuity of the highest standings of education.”

These include:

> improved recruitment and staff development of leadership teams and other key staff

> greater flexibility and efficiency in the deployment of staff and resources

> greater sharing of ideas and support with curriculum planning resulting from a large core of staff

> larger peer group for pupils to socialise with and learn from

> greater financial resiliance to changing circumstances e.g pupil roll fluctuations

The letter went on to say that feedback would be ‘welcomed’ during the consultation phase and notified parents of a separate a public meeting at the school on Thurday, January 22 between 5pm and 7pm.

The consultation period runs from Friday, January 23 to Friday, February 27.

Questions will be directed to Ms Louisy, governors, Bucks County Council officers and the architects who will design the new buildings.