More spaces for primary school

A school is to expand its intake this autumn to cope with a soaring demand for primary school places.

Ark Blacklands Primary Academy will grow from admitting 75 pupils per year to 90, from September 2015.

As the demand for primary school places increases across the county, East Sussex County Council is working with local schools to build the capacity needed to meet it.

Alongside its new increased intake, Ark Blacklands will also get some new facilities, including three classrooms.

The expansion will also create new job vacancies.

Ark Blacklands will expand with brand-new facilities including new classrooms, additional toilets and more space for physical education, school assemblies and performances and lunchtime play.

The area currently housing the swimming pool has been identified as the best place to build the three brand-new classrooms and work will be undertaken over the next year or so to ensure the school has capacity to meet demand.

This will not impact on jobs, except to create future vacancies as the school expands.

The school will continue to provide swimming lessons for pupils at a local purpose built facility and is also looking to increase the number of hours per year pupils learn to swim.

Lorraine Clarke, headteacher at Ark Blacklands Primary Academy, said: “I am looking forward to working with East Sussex County Council as they work increase the number of primary school places to meet the needs of the local community.

“These brand-new facilities, including new classrooms and improved space for physical education, will help us to meet our aim of delivering an excellent education for every child.”

Jessica Stubbings, senior manager, places and participation at East Sussex County Council said:“In recent years, the demand for primary school places in East Sussex has grown considerably, we have a statutory duty to ensure that there are sufficient school places for all local children.

“That is why we are working with schools such as Ark Blacklands Primary to deliver the additional places required.

“This expansion will ensure that children in Hastings, future and present, have access to high quality school environments.”

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