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20 May 2013, 14:32
The number of children needing primary and junior school education in Maidenhead is set to rise over the next few years and more school places are needed.
Now parents, teachers, residents and anyone interested in primary schools in the town are being asked their views on how best to provide these places.
The consultation, which starts today (Monday 20 May), gives details of a number of options for making new primary and junior school places available.
These include: providing more primary school places by expanding Ellington Primary School and Nursery, St Luke's CE Primary School or St Mary's Catholic Primary School building a brand new school on land at Ray Mill Road East.
Views are also being sought on the possible expansion of Bisham School and of Knowl Hill CE Primary School.
Options for providing more junior school places include: changing Burchetts Green CE Infant School into a split-site primary expanding Knowl Hill CE Primary School, All Saints CE Junior School or Courthouse Junior School doing nothing.
Respondents to the consultation are also welcome to suggest alternatives. Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for children's services, said: "We are resolved to putting extra school places where they are needed and where they will be of greatest benefit to our residents.
"So we need you to tell us where you think those places should be. Whether you are a parent, pupil, teacher, school governor or resident, your feedback will help us to make the best possible decision.
"In addition, we are investigating the use of non-traditional school building options as a way of meeting the borough's growing demand for school places."
The consultation can be accessed online at www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/consultation_current.htm or by calling 01628 796572 for a paper copy.
The closing date is Friday 28 June.