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TWO OF CITY'S NEWEST SCHOOLS SET TO EXPAND.

Byline: Lucy Lynch EDUCATION REPORTER

TWO of Coventry's newest primary schools already need expanding to take in new pupils after being deemed too small.

Aldermoor Farm Primary School, which had its new buildings completed in 2007, and Moat House Primary School, which had its new buildings finished in 2004, are among 20 schools earmarked for permanent expansion in September 2014.

If approved by the council, Moat House Primary, in Deedmore Road, Wood End, will have 15 extra pupils in the reception class bringing annual admission numbers up to 60.

Aldermoor Farm Primary, in Acorn Street, Stoke Aldermoor, would have an extra 30 pupils in the reception class bringing annual admission numbers up to 90.

Education bosses at Coventry City Council are expected to agree to consult parents and school staff on the plans at a meeting on Tuesday.

Five of the 20 schools planned for expansion, including Moat House, were expanded temporarily last month for the 2012 intake.

The consultation for those five schools will be about whether to make the expansion permanent. If the plans for all 20 schools go ahead, 345 extra places for fouryear-olds will be created at a cost of PS36million.

A report for councillors about the expansion plans says providing the minimum number of places needed would cost just PS12million. But council experts say they need to create more than the minimum so parents have a choice of schools for their child.

The extra places are needed because of rises in the birth rate and an increase in the number of families with small children moving to Coventry.

Coun David Kershaw (Lab, Bablake), Coventry City Council's cabinet member for education, said: "Coventry's population is continuing to grow as more people with young children choose to live and work in the city. The care and progress of Coventry children is vital to us, alongside our duty to provide sufficient high quality places for them.

"The consultation is very critical to the city council as it gives us the opportunity to get a variety of different view on how our primary schools should evolve in the future and I would encourage people to find the time to take part and let us know what they think."

If the formal consultation is approved, it will run until mid-November.

Council bosses have been expanding primary schools to meet increasing demand since 2008. They expect the demand for extra places to level off after 2014 or 2015.

THE SCHOOLS The 20 primary schools being considered for permanent expansion are Aldermoor Farm Primary School, Broad Heath Primary School, Clifford Bridge Primary School, Coundon Primary School, Ernesford Grange Primary School, Frederick Bird Primary School, Moat House Primary School, Wyken Croft Primary School, Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School, Hollyfast Primary School, Keresley Grange Primary School, Little Heath Primary School, Mount Nod Primary School, Park Hill Primary School, Pearl Hyde Primary School, Potters Green Primary School, St Christopher Primary School, Sowe Valley Primary School, Walsgrave Primary School and Whitley Abbey Primary School.

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NEW BUILDINGS: Aldermoor Farm Primary school (above) and (top) Moat House Primary school
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Oct 6, 2012
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