£900k school revamp will double intake

A PRIMARY school will soon be able to double its intake of pupils, thanks to a £900,000 facelift.

Halton Combined School in Wendover is about to embark on a revamp in the next few weeks which will see a new kitchen and dining area built at the school, as well as a new entrance lobby, new offices and a new learning area for pupils.

This will create more space for pupils to take lessons and attend clubs, meaning the school will be able to take on a further 15 children each year.

The new kitchen and dining area will also allow the school to provide children with hot lunches for the first time, and frees up the current hall used at lunchtimes for other activities.

The scheme, costing around £930,000, is to be funded as a result of money given to Bucks County Council from the Princess Mary Gate housing development – the children coming from within the catchment area for Halton Combined.

Headteacher Su Scrimshaw said in order to take on the extra youngsters the school will need to ‘grow organically from the bottom up’.

Mrs Scrimshaw said: “We took on our first year of 30 pupils last September, and will continue this every year. We will also take on a new teacher and teaching assistant each year.

“This will make a massive difference to the school as we’re very oversubscribed, and since the school received an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating there’s been a lot more pressure on intake.

“Because we cater for the service families, too, we can often have children come to us at different times of the year.”