Proposals to expand Ilminster school – have your say

Parents and the local community are invited to comment proposals to relocate an Ilminster school.

The plans to move and expand Greenfylde First School have been announced by Somerset County Council in order to meet the expected demand for school places in the area.

At the moment the school is located on Silver Street and can accommodate 380 children. The proposals would see the school move to land near Canal Way. The current 12 classes would increase to 15 classes, which would allow 450 children to attend the school.

Around 600 new homes for the area are currently in the planning stages. The new homes are expected to attract new families, and ultimately more children, to the area.

The school community can find out more and give their views at a drop-in session during parents’ evening on Wednesday 8 March at Greenfylde School between 3pm and 6.30pm. Views can also be shared online here:

The deadline for comments is Friday 31 March 2017

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “Our plan to expand Greenfylde First School reflects our determination to meet the needs of this growing town and provide school places for all Somerset children.

“I hope that parents and the rest of the school community will be excited by these proposals. I also hope that as many parents as possible will take the opportunity of our drop-in session at parents’ evening on 8 March to have their say on the proposals.”

As well as increasing the number of classrooms, the new school building will comprise:

  • A nursery classroom with quiet room, separate office and foundation stage playground
  • A learning resource area
  • Two group rooms
  • A school hall
  • Two junior size football pitches

The proposed new location near Canal Way is owned by Somerset County Council and is former County Farm Land.