Agreement reached as pressure on school places builds

A deal was reached between Cambridgeshire County Council and the primary school.

A deal was reached between Cambridgeshire County Council and the primary school. - Credit: Archant

A primary school in Littleport has agreed to take on an additional 15 Reception pupils in September to help alleviate the demand for school places in the village.

Littleport Community Primary School has reached an agreement with Cambridgeshire County Council after a larger than expected number of applications for reception places was received.

The county council says the agreement “should mean that all reception age children who live in the catchment areas of Littleport and Millfield Primary schools will have a place at a local school”.

A spokesman for the county council said: “The limit of 15 also means that both schools should be operating with pupil numbers which can be managed without any detriment to the overall organisation of either school.

“The agreement will require some slight internal alterations to Littleport Primary School, and the addition of a large double mobile classroom which will be installed during the summer holiday at the side of the school on part of the existing playground.

“The two classrooms currently used as Year 1 classes will be altered slightly to make one of them suitable for reception children and to enable free flow between the now enlarged reception area of the school.

“There will be a spare classroom which will be put to a suitable use by the school. This means the school will be able to accommodate another large intake of children in September 2017.”

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The school will work with the county council and with Millfield Primary School to keep this situation under review.