Buxted Primary School which could get a second temporary classroom. It's existing temporary classroom can just be seen to the left of the sign in this picture.

Plans for second mobile classroom at Buxted Primary School

Plans have been submitted for a second mobile classroom to be set up at Buxted Primary School.

There is already one temporary mobile classroom at the school but additional teaching accommodation is needed because of an increase in pupil enrolment, according to a planning application before Wealden Council.

It says admission numbers have grown because of parental preferences and development in the area. A number of classes are being taught in the existing library but that has been identified as “an unsustainable teaching arrangement”.

The new building would be set parallel to the existing temporary building and be constructed of matching materials.

Buxted Primary School saw student numbers increase in the 2013/14 school year to 179, from 153 the previous year.

It is predicted that pupil enrolment for the 2014/15 school year will reach 185.

East Sussex County Council’s Children’s Services Department says a feasibility study has been carried out to show how permanent classrooms could be provided should the increased demand for places be sustained over a period of time.

“The authority needs to be certain there is a long-term need before providing permanent accommodation to ensure it doesn’t add surplus capacity to the system which may then create viability issues in times of low pupil numbers.”

In the meantime, say documents with the planning application, the new mobile classroom will be required for a period of seven years to August 2021.

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