School expansion gets green light

13:51 06 January 2014

St Peter

St Peter's School, Budleigh. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exb 1496-01-14AW

Archant

Plans for a major expansion of St Peter’s School have been rubber-stamped by district planners.

The plan is for the school, in Moor Lane, to expand onto the adjacent drill hall site, in a scheme which could eventually see six new classrooms being built.

The plan was previously supported by Budleigh Salterton Town Council, and now East Devon District Council has granted planning approval.

The school’s intention is for the classrooms to be built in stages, with the first two opening in September 2015, and the rest being built as funding becomes available, allowing the school to replace four mobile classrooms on its site, and take on new pupils from major housing developments in the town.

The school currently has places for 240 pupils, plus a 52-place nursery, but from September this year its intake will increase from 35 to 40, with the potential for this to increase to 45 in the long term.

The school’s chairman of governors John Beaumont said it was hoped building work would start late next year, with the opening of the first two classrooms in 2015 coinciding with the laying of the groundwork for the other classrooms, ready to be built as the funding is made available by Devon County Council.

He said the school was ‘very pleased indeed’ to have received planning permission, and added that the replacement of the mobile classrooms would be: “Better for the children, and for the staff as well.”

Headteacher Malcolm Elliot previously said the new buildings would provide the school’s pupils with 21st century facilities in which to learn.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 10:30
waste, cardboard sorted at News at Costessey for recycling 
picture by Adrian Judd
for EN Kate Scotter

Householders in Exmouth could soon be able to recycle cardboard waste – but not until at least March next year.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:46

The number of Exmouth residents on the dole has increased by more than a quarter since September.

Read more
Tue, 17:08

Emergency services were called out this afternoon after a vehicle collided with a pedestrian in Exmouth town centre.

Read more
Tue, 11:37
Clyst St George teenager George Wheatley being presented his certificate by Victoria Gage.

A Clyst St George teenager has been presented with a certificate after successfully completing his apprenticeship at a natural ingredient company.

Read more
Tue, 10:22
Accomplished chef Josh McDonald-Johnson who runs the Pickle Shack is pictured in the kitchen of the Budleigh Salterton public hall preparing for 105 guests to the pop-up restaurant Grub Club event on Saturday. Ref exb 8004-09-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

More than 100 diners have enjoyed an evening of gourmet, locally-sourced food in Budleigh.

Read more
Mon, 09:16
Brian and his mum Jean

‘Scumbag’ burglars have ransacked the home of a cancer victim just two days after he died, stealing valuables left to the charity who cared for him in his final days.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 2°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition



Exmouth's trusted business finder