Grantham school bids to take an extra 100 pupils

Isaac Newton School.
Isaac Newton School.
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A primary school in Grantham wants to increase its capacity to 420 pupils, 100 more than it currently accepts.

Isaac Newton Primary School was asked by Lincolnshire County Council if it would be prepared to take on the extra children because the area has been identified as a ‘hot spot’ - where numbers of school age children have significantly increased.

The school is already admitting more than its Published Admission Number (PAN) of 45. Over the last few years about 60 children have been admitted to reception year which has two classes.

If the proposal goes ahead, the PAN will become permanent and apply to Reception intake initially so that with each subsequent intake the maximum number of 60 pupils will apply to all years.

Space which was used for nursery children will be remodelled and extended to cater for more pupils. Building work could start in January to provide more teaching space. The nursery was closed last year.

Headteacher Stephen Tapley said it was an exciting time for the school.

Mr Tapley said: “I am really excited about it because it means that it will allow us to have single year groups and this provides the children with a much better chance of fulfilling their potential.”

Mr Tapley is leaving the school at the end of the summer term to take over as headteacher at the William Alvey School in Sleaford. Interim headteacher Gillian Anderson will take over and oversee the changes at the school which is already one of the largest in the area.