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Petition set up against primary school expansion

Chiltern Primary School, Chiltern Way, Northampton.
Parents have started a petition against the expansion of the school.

Chiltern Primary School, Chiltern Way, Northampton. Parents have started a petition against the expansion of the school.

A petition has been set up in opposition to the proposed expansion of a primary school in the Duston area of Northampton.

A consultation has been launched by Northamptonshire County Council on plans to double the size of Chiltern Primary School from 210 to 420 places.

The proposed extension – which would see the school increase its annual admission number from 30 to 60 – is said to be needed to cope with the rising population of primary aged pupils living in the town, which is the result of a higher birth rate and inward migration to Northampton.

But Kim Ormshaw, a mother of three children at Chiltern Primary School, has started up a petition against the expansion, and has already gathered more than 80 signatures.

Mrs Ormshaw said: “I wanted the family environment for my children and did not want them treated as a number in a larger school. The majority of the parents, staff and local residents are against this expansion.

“Duston currently has seven primary schools and four more within two miles of the school.

“I really don’t think the Duston Upper School will cope with the increased numbers.”

Mrs Ormshaw said she was also worried about the extra traffic that would be created as a result of the increased pupil numbers.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said: “We are currently consulting on proposals and this is very much the time for parents and the local community to let us know how they feel about them.

“We welcome all feedback received as part of the consultation.”

The consultation closes on Tuesday.

The county council is also planning to double the size of Lings Primary School in Northampton to cope with the rising number of 
primary school aged pupils.

The local authority is currently making plans to add more than 4,400 primary places by September 2014.

All responses from the consultation will then be considered and Andrew Grant, the council’s cabinet member for children and young people, will make a decision in January whether to continue with the proposal to double the size of the schools.

 

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