County councillors back primary school expansions to avoid pupil place shortage

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Leading councillors have given the go-ahead for four schools in West Suffolk to expand to avoid a shortfall in the number of places for pupils.

Suffolk County Council’s cabinet officially signed off the move for St Christopher’s Primary, in Red Lodge, and Great Heath Primary, in Mildenhall, to go from 45 to 60 places per year group from 2014.

Meanwhile, Norton Primary will expand from 20 to 30 places and The Glade Primary, in Brandon, from 30 to 45.

It follows increased demand for primary school places. A report to the cabinet said Forest Heath schools have been under ‘significant pressure’ and Norton ‘has been consistently oversubscribed in recent years’.