Proposal for new primary school creates debate

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Leicester Forest East and Braunstone Town residents are being asked for their views on plans for a new £4 million school.

A consultation has been launched to encourage people to have a say on Leicestershire County Council’s proposals to build a 210-place primary school in the area.

Angela Hallam, who has two sons at Glen Hills Primary School in Leicester, said: “I feel like both my children get ample attention at their school, but I cannot speak for everyone and it is a difficult subject to discuss because not all children require the same amount of attention.”

Pupil forecasts show that extra places will be needed because of increased births, more families moving into the area and new housing developments.

As there are limited locations in the area, it’s proposed to build the new school on the former school site off Holmfield Avenue as this would reduce costs because the council already owns the land.

Mrs Hallam continued: “I don’t think anybody would be against the council spending our money on education and a new school in an upcoming area of the city is a much better way to spend tax-payers money than a lot of other suggestions I’m sure the council get.”

A number of drop-in sessions are also being held in local schools to enable people to find out more, meet council officers and ask any questions.

The council has a legal obligation to ensure that there are enough schools places in different parts of the county, and to work closely with the Department for Education to find the best organisation to run a new school.

The consultation runs between October 14 and November 11, for more details visit: leics.gov.uk/schoolproposal

Sam Smith

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