New Grantham primary school at Poplar Farm expected to be open by 2018
Plans for a new primary school in Grantham have been submitted to Lincolnshire County Council.
As reported in the Journal earlier this year, the Community Inclusive Trust, wants to build a school at Poplar Farm off Barrowby Road in the west of the town to open in 2018 and accommodate 420 pupils.
The plans submitted to the county council include a new two-storey primary school with associated hard surfaced play areas, sports fields and parking at the Poplar Farm Development, on a triangle of land between Barrowby Road and Gonerby Road.
The Community Inclusive Trust includes the Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship, consisting of Ambergate Sports College and Sandon School, and also sponsors Isaac Newton Primary School, as well as three special schools in Spalding.
The new school will initially be a two-form entry primary school only, meaning that in its first year of opening there will be 60 reception class pupils, but this could increase to a three form entry in the future.
Peter Bell, CEO of the trust, said the aim in building a new school was to meet the growing need, in terms of capacity, of the north-west of Grantham.
Mr Bell told the Journal earlier this year: “The developing challenge the population growth in Grantham presents means we have the opportunity to provide children in the area, or who are moving into the area, the highest quality education.”
A total of 1,800 houses will be built on land off Barrowby Road at Poplar Farm over the next decade. As many are family homes, this means hundreds of families and their children will move into the town.
Director of Children’s Services at Lincolnshire County Council Debbie Barnes said construction of the school is due to begin next year. She said: “It will have 14 classrooms, a hall, a library, a playing field and playground. The school will have a capacity of 420 pupils, with its first intake in September 2018.
“It is proposed to be built and completed all as one project, but will only offer Reception places initially, with further Reception intakes being admitted year on year until it is eventually open across all year groups by 2024.”