School set to double its numbers
A BULWELL primary school is set to double its number of pupils.
Nottingham City Council wants to expand Rufford Primary and Nursery School as part of a bid to ease pressure on primary school places.
If the move goes ahead the school will double its pupils to 420.
Head teacher Alison Tones said: "We've had families who have struggled to get a place with us because we are popular so the expansion will mean we can take in all the local families.
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"Last year we had to take extra pupils anyway because we had parents with children who already had an older sibling here and if we didn't increase in size that would keep happening each year."
The increase in number of pupils will be done gradually so that each year an extra class is taken at reception level.
This is likely to result in an extra member of staff also being employed each year.
The council has chosen the school, in Hoewood Road, to take more pupils because it is the most cost-effective solution.
A public consultation will be held before any decision is made.
A spokesman said: "Nottingham is currently experiencing primary school place pressures across the city and, for Bulwell, the pupil projections for the coming years indicate places will continue to be over- subscribed.
"Rufford Primary School is very popular with parents in the area and has been over-subscribed in recent years. It offers the best value for money in terms of school expansion in the area by offering a full expansion opportunity through the addition of just two classrooms.
"Initial meetings with the head teacher about the creation of the Foundation Unit and the formal increase in capacity of the school have been very positive."
Councillor Ginny Klein, vice-chairman of the governors, said: "We welcome this move. It will be a boost for parents in the area."
Work on the two new classrooms is expected to begin and be completed in 2014. The first new class will be taken on in September.
Details of the consultation period have yet to be announced.