Primary school set to move and expand

Proposals to relocate and expand West Monkton Primary School will be available to members of the public at a special drop-in event next month.

The expansion is needed because the current school building in School Road does not have the capacity to cope with the expected demand from nearby developments which will bring around 1,000 new homes to the area.

Under the proposals, the school would relocate to a site within the housing developments at Monkton Heathfield and will eventually expand from eight to 14 classes. The site will also include new school playing fields and community use facilities.

Because the new housing is being built in phases, initially there will be 300 places open for use, plus a nursery with up to 52 full time places. As the housing developments grow, the vacant classrooms will be brought into use.

It is hoped the relocation and first phase of the expansion will be completed by April 2016.

A drop-in event for anyone with an interest will be held at West Monkton Primary School on Wednesday 15 October from 2.30pm to 7.30pm. All the latest information will be available and there will be the opportunity for people to ask questions and have their say on the proposals.

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “This is a really positive move to provide the extra school places needed to cope with local demand. A new and relocated school means new and improved facilities which will benefit the whole local community, not just pupils of the school.

“I know there will be a lot of interest from parents and local people and I would urge them all to come along to the drop-in event and let us know their views.”