Council wants to build three new classrooms at Carr Junior School, Acomb

Carr Junior School, in Acomb

Carr Junior School, in Acomb

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Political Reporter

PLANS to expand a York school so it can accommodate 90 extra pupils have been submitted.

City of York Council wants to build extensions at Carr Junior School, in Acomb, to create three new classrooms, at the same time as work to rebuild the neighbouring infant school is set to move forward following a Government promise.

Demand for primary school places in west York has grown in recent years, and a decision on plans for the junior school in Ostman Road – which was built in 1947 and also includes a children’s centre –is expected to be made in March.

The aim is for Carr Junior to have space for 360 pupils, with its current capacity being 270.

If permission is granted, the work would be carried out in two stages, with the initial phase involving two single-storey extensions and the second seeing a one-storey classroom unit being connected to the main school building by a “glazed link”.

The council’s property services department said the new additions would be shielded by other school buildings.

Coun Janet Looker, cabinet member for education, said: “We are seeing significant growth in primary school pupil numbers across the whole city, and particularly on the west side of York.

“Acomb is one of the areas where there has been this growth in need, and that is putting a lot of pressure on primary schools in the area.”

A funding bid for the new Carr Infant School, which would be built on its existing site, was submitted to the Department of Education last year.

Precise details of its cost and design have yet to be revealed, although the initial bid included a dining room which could serve 100 hot dinners a day.

Answering a parliamentary question tabled by York Central MP Hugh Bayley recently, Education Secretary Michael Gove said work would begin by the end of this year.

The council has also bid for funds to rebuild or refurbish Lord Deramore’s Primary School in Heslington, while All Saints RC School, currently based on a split site, is looking at potential options for a single-site new school.

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