School extension plan for extra pupils

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PLANS have been drawn up to expand a school as part of a switch to two tier education.

Suffolk County Council has submitted proposals to build a stand alone classroom teaching block at St Edmund’s Catholic Primary, in Bury St Edmunds.

The development would accommodate two extra year groups, which the school would take on with the expected closure of middle schools as part of the authority’s education overhaul.

Under the move, the school, in Westgate Street, would cater for 10 and 11-year-olds as well as those aged 4 to 9.

The block will feature four classrooms, an activity space, group room, toilets, storage and plant room.

As part of the proposals, hardplay provision will be extended to make up the area occupied by the new building.

There are also plans for a new grassed sports pitch.

An additional 12 car parking spaces would be provided for staff, off a new access from Friars Lane, with cycle storage and pedestrian access. Last week, the Diocesan School’s Service Commission said it would press ahead with plans to expand St Edmund’s and St Benedict’s Upper but close St Louis Catholic Middle Schools.