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Extensions to Lichfield secondary schools and three new primary schools on the agenda as county council outlines education plans

Lichfield could see new schools built and existing ones expanded under new education plans.

Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet will debate the proposals to create additional places at a meeting on 16th October.

Nether Stowe School and King Edward VI have been earmarked for expansion to meet increasing student numbers.

There are also plans to build new primary schools in the Short Butts Lane, Deans Slade Farm and Fradley areas.

More than £10million has been earmarked for the expansion of the two high schools with almost £17million on the agenda for the primary schools.

In a report to the meeting, Cllr Philip White, Cabinet member for learning and employability, said: “It is essential that children and young people in the county have access to a good, local school.

“We are also building on the success of previous years and continuing to plan ahead.

“We want to provide well-designed buildings and pleasant surroundings for Staffordshire children and, most importantly, ensure there are enough good school places available to meet current and future demand.”

The report added that the housing development boom had impacted on the need for local school places.

“A review of pupil place provision and a consideration of projected numbers from population trends and planned housing development within the county clearly demonstrate that in all areas there is a need to expand provision to meet growth,” Cllr White added.

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3 Comments

  1. miles.

    8th October, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    You really do have to laugh out loud at the pie in the sky plans this council comes up with. More houses, more schools……and yet it takes 30 mins to get about 1/4 mile through town in rush hour, and about a month for a docs app. You gonna build a massive road network too to cope with the demands??

  2. Neil Burner

    8th October, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    To be clear this is not funded by the county council it is funded through the developments around Lichfield through section 106.

  3. Philip Allso

    11th October, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Well if the premise is good that more housing developments leads to more population and the need for more schools then it also applies to all other services. There are other consequences relating to congestion (both population and traffic) and pollution and a whole plethora of considerations relating to urban life. Controlled development is inevitable as the fortunes of both Lichfield and its larger neighbours evolve with consequential commuter traffic. The development we are seeing locally is not controlled and is seriously compromising existing services and facilities. It is further poisoning us in the process !

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