Gatley School Set for Pupil Numbers Expansion

Lum Head Primary

PARENTS and residents are being asked for their views on increasing pupil numbers at a Gatley school.

Stockport Council claims the opinions  and comments are invited on proposals ‘to enhance primary school education’ in Stockport.

The latest moves reverse the council’s policy which saw the closure of many primary schools across the borough not so many years ago. In more recent years, the local authority has faced what it calls ‘a challenging position’ in securing additional primary school places for children.

The governing body of Lum Head Primary School, Gatley, is consulting on a proposal to expand from a 1 form entry to a 1.5 form entry school.

This will be done by providing new accommodation on the existing school site and is thought will assist in meeting pressures on places in the Gatley area.

Lum Head, which is rated as a good school by Ofsted, is popular and has already admitted an additional 15 children for September 2014 to help meet parental preferences.

People can comment in writing to the school or email headteacher@lumhead.stockport.sch.uk

Drop-in sessions will take place at the school on Monday, June 16, between 9am and 11.15am, and on Tuesday,June, 17, between 3pm and 6.30pm, where more details will be available, and staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Details on the proposals can also be accessed via ‘Have your Say’ page on the council website www.stockport.gov.uk

The consultation period for both schools started on May 19 and finishes on July 4.

Andrew Webb, Stockport Council’s Corporate Director for Services to People, said: “The council and the people at Lum Head are committed to working together to provide the best possible learning environment for the children in the area.

“These proposals represent a significant investment which will ensure there are sufficient places for children in the future. I would encourage people to give their views as part of the consultation.”