Burpham Primary School set to double pupil intake under expansion plans
By mattcollison | Monday, February 04, 2013, 10:37
FUNDING for the expansion of Burpham Foundation Primary School is set to be agreed at a Surrey County Council (SCC) meeting.
Burpham Primary School will be expanded to cater for 220 more pupils, under county council plans.
The school for four to 11-year-olds in Burpham Lane, will increase by 220 pupils, bringing the total to 430, under SCC proposals.
Building work has already been taking place for an extra classroom to accommodate extra pupil numbers, and proposals are to extend the school building together with internal refurbishment.
County councillors are being asked to approve the plans in principle at a cabinet meeting to be held on Tuesday (February 5).
It follows a SCC decision made in September last year to expand the school's intake.
The number of pupils will increase by 30 each year until the increased number of children have progressed through the school, when there will be 60 places per year from Reception to Year 6.
Mark Burton, SCC school place planning manager, said: "Additional junior places in Guildford are necessary. The expansion of Burpham Primary School would increase parental choice and provide effective long-term provision to meet the needs of local children, promoting high standards, ensuring fair access to educational opportunity, and promoting the fulfilment by every child of their educational potential."
The plans have attracted residents' concern about increased traffic with twice as many families travelling to and from the school.
The school has said a new travel plan, including walking buses and increased car sharing, will aim to tackle the issue.