Education set for £3m boost in the Bourne area

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Schools in the Bourne area are set for a multi-million pound boost as plans for a new primary move forward and two look to expand.

After years of waiting, plans are finally being drawn up for a new £2.5m primary school on the Elsea Park estate in Bourne by Lincolnshire County Council.

Bourne Academy is planning to spend £300,000 on installing two temporary buildings, while Morton Primary School wants to build a new classroom and expand its library, at a cost of £190,000.

Both schools have submitted planning applications to South Kesteven District Council.

The Elsea Park school would provide 210 places, 30 in each year group, which the council says will be needed in the town by 2015, based on growth projections.

The construction costs would be paid by the county council and Elsea Park developers Kier Homes as part of an agreement made when the 2,000-home estate was granted planning permission.

Lincolnshire County Council will discuss the plans at a meeting in March.

It is hoped the school will be an academy. Last year, the council said it would open in September 2014 at the latest.

Bourne Academy and Morton Primary School both hope their plans will be approved so the new classrooms can be ready by September.

One of the temporary buildings at Bourne Academy would have four classrooms, which will house the geography department, while the other would have changing rooms, toilets and showers.

Headteacher Laurence Reilly said: “The school is already at full capacity with more than 1,200 students, but the extra rooms are needed to From page 1 meet our aim of reducing average class sizes across the school.

“This will enable us to give each child more individual attention and maximise their chances of achieving the best possible exam grades.

“Both buildings require planning permission but will be well away from any neighbouring residential properties and so we do not anticipate any problems with our planning permission applications.

“The funding for the buildings comes from the increased revenue available to the school due to its academy status.

“Several other improvements are planned, again ready for September, including a redesigned food technology room.

“It was pleasing to note in our recent survey of parents and students that they are pleased with the ongoing improvement in facilities at the academy, made possible by our sound financial management.”

Bourne Academy has also successfully secured a £70,000 grant from the Department for Education’s Academies Capital Grant Fund, which will be used to fit a new fire alarm system.

Mr Reilly said: “We continue to benefit from the increased funding that has come with academy status.

“We can now upgrade our fire alarm system and are already benefiting from the changes made in 2012, including more than 350 new computers, two new science labs and refurbished ground floor student toilets.”

Lincolnshire County Council is also preparing to contribute £160,000 towards the new classroom at Morton Primary School, which has 139 pupils on roll.

The new classroom with toilets would enable the school to take on a further 30 children.

The school is contributing another £30,000 so the extension can be bigger than what the council will pay for so it can extend the library and create two new rooms. They would be used for meetings, group work and music tuition.

Morton headteacher George Trafford said: “The primary reason for the build is to provide one new classroom due to the rising number of pupils who want to attend our school.”

A planning application to build 34 houses in land off Bourne Road, in Morton, was submitted to South Kesteven District Council by Larkfleet Homes on January 10.