Monday, 08 August 2022

New village primary to open in September

BUILDING work will begin within weeks on a new primary school in Charvil.

BUILDING work will begin within weeks on a new primary school in Charvil.

Members of Wokingham Borough Council’s planning committee have approved a planning application for the use of East Park Farm.

Education Secretary Michael Gove has agreed the new school can be run by Piggott School in Wargrave.

The school, which is scheduled to open for the new school year in September, will accommodate 30 pupils at first, rising to 210 after seven years.

A meeting for prospective parents to hear about admission arrangements and staffing will be held later this month.

Piggott headteacher Hilary Winter said: “We’re extremely pleased that another building block is now in position to allow us to proceed with Charvil Primary School.”

Charlotte Haitham Taylor, executive member for children’s services at the council, said: “This is a pivotal and exciting moment in our plans to provide the additional primary school places needed.”

The council received 48 letters in response to consultation, only seven of which were in support of the new school. The rest were either objections or raised concerns about the development.

Alice Wilkinson, chairwoman of Charvil Parish Council, said: “Inevitably very close neighbours had concerns but on the whole most people considered it to be a sensible site and hopefully it has been fitted in sympathetically with the area.

“There remains a good block of trees between local residents and the school and it is Wokingham Borough Council making sensible use of the land it already owned.

“The parish council is delighted the village is getting this new facility. Obviously there is a great need for it and hopefully it will be a useful community resource and educational establishment.”

Paul Gregory, chairman of Charvil Village Society, said: “I think an overwhelming number of people in Charvil would say the village needed a school but I think it is going to create difficulties because of the setting.

“You have got a very narrow road with a very narrow railway bridge near the entrance to the school so I think there will be technical problems.”

The parents’ meeting will be held in the sixth-form block at Piggott School on April 17 at 7.30pm.

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