Extra places in Jesse Gray school expansion plan

A primary school in Nottinghamshire which was oversubscribed for its September admission is to undergo a £300,000 expansion.

The money will be spent on creating extra classroom space at Jesse Gray Primary School in West Bridgford to accommodate an extra 30 pupils.

Originally, the 30 extra applicants who live in the catchment area were told they had not got a place.

But at a meeting between parents and the council on Monday night, the decision was overturned.

Pleased parents

Philip Owen, Nottinghamshire County Council's cabinet member for children and young people's services, said parents would be receiving a letter in the next few days to confirm their child's place.

"We couldn't tell until after the schools application date had passed where the pressure points were going to be, as that shifts from school to school from year to year.

"We will now be able to accommodate those children who live in the catchment area and put Jesse Gray as their first choice and those who have brothers and sisters there," he said.

Until building work is completed in the autumn term, staff will use an existing music room as a teaching area. The school hall and dining area are also being extended.

Paul Fallon, a West Bridgford resident and parent of a child who is currently 17th on the waiting list for Jesse Gray, said he was very pleased at the news his son would have a place.

"Councillor Owen listened to our frustrations about not being able to get a place, he went away to the county council and they have delivered a result. It's great," he said.

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