Redland Green set to expand classrooms and pupil numbers

January 28 2016
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Redland Green set to expand classrooms and pupil numbers

Building work could begin before Easter on the new extension planned for Redland Green School.

The extra classrooms are needed as an additional 27 places are being offered from September 2016, boosting the year 7 intake from the existing 189 pupils to 216 pupils.

PARENTS, staff and students have had their first look at plans to expand Redland Green School.

An expansion consultation and information event was held at the school last week to inform local residents about their vision for future building work and landscaping. The meeting was held as part of Redland Green’s planning permission consultation.

In response to growing applications for secondary school places in north Bristol, the school has submitted a planning application to build a 3-storey extension to complete the East Wing of the school.

The new building will provide 10 additional standard classrooms and will enable Redland Green School to expand to an 8-form entry school admitting an additional 27 students to Year 7 in September 2016 and each coming year until 2020.

Headteacher Sarah Baker said: “We are delighted the planning permission has been submitted for the 3-storey East Wing of Redland Green School that will complete the originally planned for design.

As we know there is massive pressure on school places in Bristol, particularly as our local primary schools have expanded and demand has increased. For anyone interested in the building plans, they can be found on our school website.”

The building was designed by Skanska as part of the original scheme when the school opened but couldn’t be completed due to cost constraints at the time.

Although the extension is of a similar height to the original plans, full planning approval is now required as the new building will be detached from the existing build. Access for staff and pupils will be provided via bridge links and there is a change to the configuration of the windows.

Improvements to the outdoor environment for students are also planned to make better use of the site, and a fundraising drive aimed at parents will be initiated to help pay for it.

There are designs for a wildlife pond which will provide an outdoor resource for the science area, cricket nets, an outdoor seating area and a covered area.

The proposal has been broadly welcomed by local parents. Redland Green is a high achieving school but getting a place has become increasingly difficult as the boundary is drawn ever nearer.