£2.5m scheme to extend Calverley school after baby boom

Calverley C of E Primary School
Calverley C of E Primary School
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CONSTRUCTION work is due to get underway in April on a £2.5m scheme to extend a Calverley school in a bid to cater for increased demand for school places.

Leeds City Council chiefs say rapidly increasing birth rates led to a need for more places at Calverley C of E Primary School.

Council chiefs have approved 1,300 new reception places at schools across Leeds since 2009.

Calverley primary, which currently caters for 315 pupils, is being expanded to cater for 420 pupils with the extra places available from September.

Work is due to start in April on a new two-storey teaching block at the school on Towngate.

The block will include six new classrooms and a small hall for use in dance and drama lessons. The school kitchen will be extended and revamped to cope with increased pupil numbers.

Two existing classrooms will be demolished before building work starts and three temporary classrooms will be set up while building work is taking place.

A new access road will be built on Thornhill Drive during the construction. The new road will later be used as an area for parents to drop children off at school. Construction work is due to finish in December.

Coun Andrew Carter (Cons/Calverley & Farsley) said: “This extension will, I hope, ensure that Calverley and Rodley children will be able to get into local schools.

“This is a very popular school and will remain so. It is most important, however, that access to this school is made a great deal safer than it currently is.”

Coun Rod Wood (Cons/Calverley & Farsley) added: “Councillor Carter and I are meeting with Education Department staff regularly to monitor progress. It will be essential from the school’s point of view that work is commenced and completed on time.”