You’ve likely heard about the plans for the extension of Barker’s Lane CP School.

We opened the period of statutory objection on the plans after a meeting of our executive board on Tuesday, March 12.

Extension plans for the school include creating an extension to the existing school building to accommodate a further 105 pupils.

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The annual admission numbers will increase by 15 places from 2020 onwards at nursery and reception, and those will feed through the school until the maximum capacity of 315 – plus 45 nursery places – is reached.

But hasn’t consultation already happened?

Yes – but that was consultation; not statutory objection.

Before we look to make changes with schools, we open up consultation with the local communities on any decisions which we might make, before any decisions are taken by the board.

Once decisions are made, we’re obliged by the law to open the statutory objection period, giving people the chance to make any objections – if they have them.

While it might seem a bit complicated, it takes place whenever we make big decisions with schools – and this one with Barker’s Lane is no different.

So if you have any objections, it’s important that we hear what you’ve got to say.

To submit an objection, read more on the notice on our website.

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