Two new primary schools for the area

Two new primary schools for the area

North East Lincolnshire is set to benefit from two new primary schools, opening hundreds of new spaces including those for children with additional needs.

Two schools will be constructed in Waltham and on Scartho Top due to an increased demand following multiple new housing developments in the area.

The Waltham primary school will be built in Sunningdale and the Scartho school on Matthew Telford park. After being approved by North East Lincolnshire Council’s cabinet in March this year, the authority is now looking for people to run the establishments.

NELC have stated there will be a school applicant per 1,000 new homes, with an estimated 2,300 new homes by 2032.

In Waltham, there will be around 3,300 new homes in the same period as both schools will also offer Special Educational Need and Disabilities (SEND) places, providing 12 spaces in each.

Predicted to open in late 2024, it’s suggested there will be 15 pupils in each year from reception to year 4. By 2030, it’s thought this number will rise to 30 in reception to year 3 with 25, 20 and 15 in Year 4, 5 and 6 respectively.

A shortlist of providers will be decided in January 2023 as the successful providers will be notified in May and funding will then be discussed with the Department of Education.

The process will then continue until September 2024, when the schools will be constructed ready for opening. The build is thought to commence in late spring or early Summer next year.

Despite the council moving forward with the plans, residents in Waltham responding with frustration the the proposed site of the primary school.

One local said: “Traffic is going to be a major issue for starters – especially as they plan to have SEN provision which will mean buses and taxis requiring access as well as all the parents who drive!

“There will only be one entrance which is on Sunningdale – we already have issues with parking down this road ! There will be no onsite parking for parents.”

Another called the placement shocking, stating: “Waltham definitely needs a new school, but what an shocking place to put it.. All that space at the end on Bradley Road were they’re building houses and they want to squeeze a school in the middle of an estate. Can see lots of accidents happening too.”

Despite the outrage, some locals have responded positively to the plans, stating: “About time 100% behind this, hopefully they put a couple of shops in the area as well, take the strain of the village shops. Something positive for the villages rather then just seeing new builds popping up everywhere.”

Another added: “About time. Schools are absolutely full to capacity! As I understand a school has always been planned to go on this site.”

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