PLANS have been submitted for a York primary school to be partially demolished and a new building constructed on the site.

Badger Hill Primary School, next to Archbishop Holgate’s CE School in Heslington, could see a new four-classroom wing built on grass next to the existing school. It would be connected to the most modern part of the school at the rear of the current building.

The current 1960s block would then be demolished once the new build is complete.

Planning documents say the new single storey building would then have a total of seven classrooms as well as a library and resource area, staff room, main hall, kitchen, a number of offices, main reception area, cloakrooms and toilets and a PE store room.

Badger Hill Primary, which was rated good by Ofsted inspectors in 2016, is part of the PathfinderMulti Academy Trust.

The planning application says: “The majority of the school’s buildings have passed their economic and structural lifespan.

“The layout has been approved by the school, the trust and the Education Funding Agency. It is intended to keep disruption to the school and local residents to a minimum.

“Many of the existing school buildings on the site are relatively run down and the proposals will enhance the facilities for the pupils’ education.”

The scheme will allow the school to remain open while the new building is constructed and the site will keep the same number of parking spaces and the same access point from Crossways. There are no plans to increase the number of places on offer at the school as part of the project. The developer said the safety of pupils and staff has been a “fundamental consideration” in the plans.