Fears over capacity of primary school

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Concerns have been raised about how a primary school in Stowmarket will cope during the two-tier reorganisation by Suffolk County Council.

At the Cedars Park Resident’s Association AGM last Friday, president Roger Willison-Gray voiced fears that Cedars Park Community Primary could not cope with an extra intake.

He said the school was built as a requirement of 1,100 homes being built on the estate. However, as Cedars Park had grown to 2,200 homes, the school has already had to use temporary classrooms to deal with more and more children.

He said: “If it becomes a two-tier system additional pupil groups will be added to Cedars Park Primary. They already have temporary classrooms to deal with the extra intake.

“We find the numbers of pupils expected at the school just doesn’t add up. If numbers increase above expectations the school may not be able to cope.

“This ultimately may result in siblings being assigned to different schools.”

Headteacher Clare Robinson said: “In terms of congestion of pupils I share the resident’s concerns.”

A Suffolk County Council spokesperson said: “Within our proposals for school reorganisation in Stowmarket, we have included a new Church of England voluntary-aided primary school to be located on the Combs Middle School site.

“Our current forecasts suggest that with this additional primary school, there will be sufficient school places in the Stowmarket area.”