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Oxfordshire's primary schools set to expand

A decision on whether an Oxfordshire primary school will become the largest in the county will be made in 2013 but two others are now set to expand.

Windmill Primary School in Headington currently has 510 places, but this would increase to 630 in order to admit an extra 30 pupils a year.

An Oxfordshire County Council cabinet meeting revealed 78% of the consultation's 122 replies opposed it.

The expansion of Botley and St Ebbes primary schools has been approved.

Fears have been raised about children's safety due to increased traffic that the expansion of Windmill Primary School would bring.

Head teacher Lynn Knapp said she had "mixed feelings" about the plans, but was not concerned about the impact on teaching standards.

The county council said it predicted a 10% increase in the need for primary school places in Oxfordshire by 2015, based on factors including population and housing growth.

Expansion plans for Windmill Primary School and Five Acres Primary and Foundation Stage School will go to further consultation, with a decision expected in March or April.

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