Green light for £1.2m school expansion

Newport School

Newport School - Credit: Archant

Newport school building programme set to start this summer.

A £1.2million expansion project at Newport Community School Primary Academy is set to start in the summer.

The Barnstaple school already has planning permission to demolish temporary classrooms and build six new teaching rooms that will form part of the main body of the school.

A successful funding bid to the Education Funding Agency will now mean construction work can start within months.

A 12-month build programme will also provide a new Communication and Interaction Resource Base (CAIRB); a meting room; teaching intervention room; as well as a shared space for developing the early years curriculum.

The school was built in the mid 1980s and originally had capacity for up to 250 pupils.

Expansion during the last 25 years has increased capacity to 500 pupils and the new permanent building will help the school to cope with the higher pupil numbers.

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Head teacher Andy Cotton said: “The academy has a clear plan forward and we hope to keep major disruption down to a minimum, especially for pupils in their final years.”

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