Rissington School rises to the challenge
A Cotswold school might be welcoming more pupils if expansion plans are approved.
Gloucestershire County Council and The Rissington School are consulting on plans to expand their intake of pupils from the 2019/20 school year.
The school currently has one form of entry, which provides places for 210 pupils. Adding another half form of entry would see that increase to 315 over the course of six years until 2025.
As part of the county council’s statutory duties, the council must make sure that there are enough primary school places to meet demand.
The new housing development in The Rissington School’s catchment area has meant there are now more under-fives living nearby. To help meet this demand in the short term, an extra 15 places were created in Reception for September 2018 on a temporary basis but the growth is expected to continue.
Now, the county council in agreement with the headteacher and governors of The Rissington Primary School, is consulting on proposals to permanently expand the school from September 2019.
Cllr Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for growth, skills and the economy at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “It’s important that we have enough good and outstanding school places available, and by expanding popular schools we can help to meet the demand. These proposals would help us to do that.
“We want to hear from as many people as possible. Whether you’re the parent of a current pupil of the school, or if you have children that would be starting school in the coming years – have your say.”
Cllr Nigel Moor, county councillor for Stow-on-the-Wold, said: “This is exciting news for The Rissington School, and I’m pleased expansion is being looked into.
“This is the chance for local people to have their say on the proposals. You can do it online or get hold of a paper copy from the school.”
The consultation launched yesterday (21st May) and runs until Friday 22nd June 2018.
You can leave your views here: https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/rissington/.
The Rissington Primary school will be holding a drop in session for anyone who would like more information on Tuesday 5th June 2018 from 3pm – 6pm.
A final decision on the proposals will be made in the autumn.