Consultation begins on plans to create new primary school places 

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Plans to create new primary school places in Maidenhead from September 2022 are being consulted on, showing the council’s commitment to investing in local infrastructure to support the borough’s growing population.

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead’s latest pupil projections suggest that demand for primary school places in Maidenhead will rise over the next few years.

This is expected in those parts of the town where substantial new housing has recently been built or is expected to be built shortly. 

Councillor Stuart Carroll, cabinet member for adult social care, children’s services, health and mental health, said: “The council has a legal duty to ensure that there are enough places for residents’ children and has been working with schools to develop options for providing these where the growth is expected.

“This increased demand is driven by families moving to the area, which is great news for the borough, and ensuring they have access to our fantastic schools is a priority.”

The proposals focus on:

•    South east Maidenhead – it is proposed that the Chiltern Road site, formerly occupied by Forest Bridge School, is returned to primary school use from September 2022. This is likely to be a free school.   
•    North east Maidenhead - possible expansion at St. Luke's Church of England Primary School from 45 to 60 places per year group, and/or possible expansion at St Mary's Catholic Primary School by the same amount, proposed for September 2022.
•    Central Maidenhead – possible expansion of Larchfield Primary and Nursery School from September 2024 or later, by demolishing it and rebuilding it with 60 places per year group (up from 30).
•    South west Maidenhead - the council is also consulting on plans to provide more capacity at Lowbrook Academy, so that it can provide 60 places across all year groups from September 2024.

It is seeking the views of parents, staff, governors, residents and community organisations who have until midday on Friday 23 April 2021 to respond.

Once the consultation has ended, the council’s Cabinet will meet in early summer to consider the feedback and decide whether to approve any of the proposals.  

The schools involved will also need to decide whether they want to proceed. Where the proposals are given the go ahead, there will be further work to develop the schemes, in consultation with the schools.

 Projections don't currently indicate a need for new primary places in other parts of the borough.

Give your views by taking part in the consultation.