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Village school is allocated 15 extra places

Haddenham St Marys School celebrate the end of their discovery week - pictured are year 1 pupils making Megs bubbling potion

Haddenham St Marys School celebrate the end of their discovery week - pictured are year 1 pupils making Megs bubbling potion

A village school will take on a new teacher to cater for 15 extra pupils in the reception class come September.

Bucks County Council has awarded Haddenham St Mary’s the extra places to alleviate the pressure on infant school places due to the 20% increase in birth rate back in 2010.

The decision is a one-off and does not mean there is a permanent increase in admissions to Haddenham St Mary’s.

The influx means that the school will hire a new early years teacher, and the extra funding allocated means the pupils will benefit from 60 new iPad tablets to help them with their learning.

The extra youngsters could mean that teaching areas will need to be made bigger, and any building work will be paid for by Bucks County Council.

In a letter to parents, headteacher Karen Collett said: “It will ensure all children currently on our waiting list for September will get a place.

“It means we can grow as a school and offer more children a good education. We are a strong school and we have great staff and facilities here.”

A spokesman for Bucks County Council said: “The extra places at Haddenham St Mary’s will help to meet the additional pressure that we are currently experiencing in the area.”

Education chiefs will meet with schools in the area in due course to discuss how to deal with the continued increase in pupil numbers.

 

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