Townfield Primary School have submitted plans to expand from a two form entry school (60 children in each year group) to a three form entry, with 90 children admitted each year. This expansion would start with F2 children in 2019 and the school would grow by up to 210 children in the following seven years.
This means that the school is required to carry out a consultation over the plans. Local residents and other interested parties are invited to submit comments about the plans – and the school has just announced that the deadline for comments to be submitted has been extended – to June 8th.
A planning application has not yet been made, but the idea is to put new modular classrooms and a hall behind the current buildings, with a new additional access from Stubbs Lane.
Over recent years considerably more parents have put Townfield as their first choice than there are places for. The school wishes to provide additional places for them. As Townfield is an academy, not a Local Authority school, the decision about their plans will finally be made by the Department for Education in London. But we are promised that the views of all stakeholders will be taken into account.
In addition, to new classrooms for the extra 7 classes, the school will have changing facilities to allow the community to use the new, larger hall outside school hours.
Traffic chaos needs to be tackled
Should expansion go ahead there may well be a 50% increase in traffic and, inevitably, further parking problems around the school.
Liberal Democrat Councillors Stuart Kelly and Allan Brame attended a consultation meeting for local residents, when several people complained about the current parking chaos around the school at the beginning and end of the school day. The headteacher, Mr Stitcher, promised to take steps to address this issue, whether or not the proposed expansion goes ahead.
As there are already enough school places in the area, more pupils for Townfield will mean fewer pupils for other schools. As the number of pupils largely determines a school’s income, other schools may, over coming years, face some difficulties.
Townfield was rated as a ‘Good’ school by Ofsted in 2017. Other local schools e.g. Hillside, Prenton Primary, also have an Ofsted rating of ‘Good’.
More details of the proposals can be found on the school’s website at www.townfieldprimaryschool.co.uk
If you want to make comments about the proposal as part of the consultation, they can be sent to the school in writing or via email (by 8th June) to: firstname.lastname@example.org