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18 December 2012, 06:00
Sites for new school places in Wokingham and who will run them are being discussed tonight.
Councillors are considering recommendations to endorse plans for six sites in Shinfield/Spencers Wood, Wokingham Town at Woosehill and Winnersh, and in Twyford/Charvil.
These areas are the most in need of at least 150 school places for 2013/2014 after a rise in birth rates and new homes planned.
1500 people have taken part in the consultation over the last 6 months. The plans for next September are costing just over £8 million with more school places needed in the following few years.
There have been concerns about extra traffic and the loss of green spaces.
The plans propose the expansion of Shinfield Infant and Shinfield St Mary CoE Junior School and Grazeley Parochial Primary School.
For Wokingham Town the action plan recommends new school provision is built at Winnersh Farm and Smith's Walk in Woosehill. The council hopes they'll be run as either a free school or an academy.
East Park Farm in Charvil is the suggested site for the north of the borough with the Piggott Academy running it.
The council hopes by January 15 to have confirmed providers for the school places.