Friday, 24 November 2017

Delay for new free school move

A NEW free school is set to stay on its temporary site in Caversham for another three years.

A NEW free school is set to stay on its temporary site in Caversham for another three years.

The Heights Primary School has applied for a two-year extension on an agreement with Reading Borough Council to use the site in Gosbrook Road, which runs out in July next year.

It also wants to double the size of its 470sqm classroom in the hope that the school can accommodate more pupils.

The school opened on the temporary site last September while a new permanent location was sought.

Last month, the Education Funding Agency announced that the school should be built on Mapledurham playing fields, off Woodcote Road, Caversham.

Campaigners have vowed to overturn the decision and could seek a judicial review.

They claim the move is in breach of a covenant put in place when the playing fields were gifted to the community for leisure purposes by Charles Hewett in 1938.

The new school is expected to be completed by September 2017 and would take 240 pupils, rising to 350 by 2020.

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