New primary school planned for Skegness

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A NEW primary school will be built in Skegness to ease overcrowded classrooms and provide a greater choice to parents and pupils.

Lincolnshire County Council has announced it hopes to have the multimillion pound development completed and ready to start admitting pupils by September 2013.

The local authority has already secured a site near the football ground on Burgh Road which will accommodate up to 210 pupils with scope for further expansion at a later date.

Skegness has seen a birth rate explosion over recent years which has resulted in over subscription and classroom overcrowding in many of the existing primary schools, forcing some children to travel out of town for their education.

Coun Mark Smith who is also a governor at Skegness Grammar School said: “I think it’s great news - all the primary school in Skegness currently have waiting lists from reception classes upwards and I’ve received complaints from parents who are having to put their child in a taxi to send them to school in Chapel St Leonards, so it is good to see the county council investing in education for the benefit of young people in Skegness.”

“I was born in Skegness, I went to school in Skegness and I chose to live in Skegness - this town provides a fantastic education to act as a platform to achieve some great opportunities, and this new school will only add to that.

“I also want to reassure people that we will be looking closely at the proposals to prevent any possible traffic issues around getting to and from the school.”

The county council will finance the project and oversee the construction up until its completion.

According to national guidelines all new schools must become academies and so interested sponsors will be invited to put forward proposals.

A phased initial opening will see the school admitting only reception age pupils, to minimise disruption to other local schools.

Executive councillor for children’s services Patricia Bradwell said: “This is excellent news for education in Skegness.

“The council is committed to providing enough places for the growing number of children coming into primary schools and responding to the needs of young people.

“With an increase in the birth rate and new housing developments, our county is experiencing the same demographic pressures in come areas as is happening nationally.

“In recent years we ave effectively planned for sufficient school places in Skegness but we have now reached a stage where we need a new school ofr additional places beyond 2012.”