£1.2 improvement plan for Exeter primary school gets green light

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Posted on: 10 November 2011

A £1.2 million improvement scheme for Bowhill Primary School in Exeter has been approved by Devon County Council.

It follows a full consultation exercise with the local community.

The plan is to replace an old temporary building at Bowhill with a new two-storey structure.

This will provide three new classrooms and a replacement kitchen and dining space with new toilets.

It will also allow the school to increase in size from 420 to 525 pupils on a gradual basis.

Devon’s Cabinet gave the proposal the green light and authorised the submission of a planning application.

The aim is to start increasing numbers in September 2012 by taking 15 extra children in Reception each year.

Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, Christine Channon, said: “This is part of a considered plan to increase school places in Exeter.

“There is a particular shortage west of the Exe and this expansion will help to meet the need.

“It also marks further investment in schools in Exeter following the successful reorganisation of education in the city.”

Mrs Channon said she had recently visited the neighbouring Redhills Primary and discussed with the head the school’s capacity to provide extra places in addition to Bowhill.

These extra places would all be needed in the future, she said.

Local county councillor Vanessa Newcombe said she fully supported the expansion at Bowhill.

“All the staff and the headteacher are happy about it,” she said.

“The sooner we get started the better.”

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