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£3.6m expansion planned for York secondary school
PLANS are being drawn up for a £3.6 million expansion of a York secondary school so it can cope with rising pupil numbers.
About 160 extra places are expected to be needed at Fulford School over the next few years, partly due to the nearby 650-home Germany Beck development, and talks have begun about how this will be catered for.
The school currently has 1,024 pupils, excluding its sixth form.
A report on City of York Council capital funding schemes, covering major infrastructure projects, will go before the authority’s cabinet next week and it says the first phase of the expansion is intended to begin next year so current demand within its catchment area can be met.
A second phase of work would be scheduled to accommodate pupils from Germany Beck, a scheme led by Persimmon Homes Yorkshire and was approved by the council in April despite local opposition.
The scheme’s developers would part-fund this stage, with Government grants paying for the earlier work. The report said there would be “significant remodelling and refurbishment” of the school site.
Kevin Hall, the council’s director of education, children and young people, said: “We are currently in discussions with the governing body of Fulford School to plan how we can best meet the growing demand for places from within the school’s existing catchment area, now and after the completion of the Germany Beck development.
“The governing body wish to see a carefully planned growth in the capacity of the school in future, so it can continue to offer places to students who live in the various outlying villages included in the current catchment area.”
Mr Hall said the expansion would provide extra teaching space and also improve the condition of the school’s existing buildings, but there were no plans to alter its catchment area.
Headteacher Lorna Savage said: “This much-needed injection of capital to improve facilities and accommodation will mean we should be able to meet the increased demand for places in the future, and I look forward to working with the local authority to finalise details.”
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