£2.7m boost for Exmouth primary schools

11:27 09 November 2012

Archant

A multi-million-pound scheme to improve two Exmouth schools is set to be rubber-stamped by county chiefs next week.

Devon County Council’s cabinet will consider improvements at five county schools, including a £1.5million expansion of Withycombe Primary School, and £1.2million to be spent at Bassetts Farm Primary School.

The improvements will help provide extra school places, with Withycombe eventually expanding to 630 places, and Bassetts Farm to 420 places.

The first phase of the Withycombe scheme will see a new eight classroom block built, while Bassetts Farm will get four new classrooms and two group rooms.

Withycombe chair of governors Nickie Mallett said: “We are excited about our opportunity to improve our school. We hope that such investment will really help us to continue in our aspirations as an ‘excellent’ school.”

She said the eight-classroom block that would comprise the first phase of the scheme would allow the school to replace some old and tired classrooms.

Bassetts Farm headteacher, Sarah Bennett, said the school was always over subscribed and the expansion would mean it could take 60 children a year.

She said: “This is an exciting time for the school. The four new classrooms will enable us to free up an existing classroom to create a wonderful new library and research room. Later in the year we will ask the children for ideas for the new library.

“This as a very positive step for the school, helping us to update our learning environment and providing new opportunities for the children.”

Devon County Council’s cabinet member for education, Andrea Davis, said: “There has been a big rise in births in Devon and more people moving to the county with children. This has put pressure on school places, particularly in primary schools in Exeter and Exmouth.

“The county council has moved swiftly to ensure there are sufficient places for all these primary school children and that there will continue to be space as their numbers continue to grow.

“We have worked closely with our schools on these issues and I am very grateful to the heads and governors for their cooperation and support.

”We are making sure that the extra places are provided in good quality accommodation so that our children can thrive and learn to the utmost of their ability.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

35 minutes ago

An Exmouth scout group is to receive a financial boost, thanks to a new district council initiative.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30

Board members of Rolle Exmouth Ltd (REL) last week said goodbye to the former college campus they had fought tirelessly to preserve for future generations.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:21

A dog which was last seen running into the sea on Exmouth beach is still missing.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:15

Fire crews were called to attend a road traffic collision in Clyst St George.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

A series of information events will bring Exmouth residents up to speed with changes to recycling collections in the town.

Read more
Thu, 18:30

Exmouth Cares – the charity shop behind Mona Island, Exeter Road which supports the local Alzheimer’s group – is holding a Christmas event this Saturday (December 10), 10am to 4pm.

Read more
Thu, 15:41

Darren Legge, aged 49, from Exmouth, has been jailed for attacking a woman outside a pub

Read more
Thu, 14:27

A jealous ex boyfriend has been ordered to pay compensation to a victim who he attacked after learning he had kissed his former partner.

Read more
Thu, 13:04

Exmouth lifeboat volunteers were called out to help a fisherman who lost his oar yesterday afternoon.

Read more
Thu, 12:30

Detectives are appealing for information about a burglary when jewellery was stolen from a home in Brixington.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications