Leyland schools are all set for expansion

Pupils at Lever House Primary School in Farington are set to have more classrooms from September

Pupils at Lever House Primary School in Farington are set to have more classrooms from September

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Two Leyland primary schools are making plans to expand after agreeing to take on extra children this year.

As previously reported in the Guardian, more school places are needed in Leyland in September, because of an influx in new houses and birth rates.

Lever House Primary School in Bristol Avenue, Farington, and Leyland St James’s CE Primary School in Slater Lane both agreed to a larger intake for 2015, following a consultation with Lancashire County Council.

Plans have now been passed for a building extension at St James’, to provide more classroom space.

A planning application is also being considered for Lever House, which will mean the school getting much more than just classrooms.

If granted permission, the scheme will include a single storey extension for two classrooms, a staff room, reception office and a hall, as well as a new pedestrian main entrance and a larger staff and visitor car park.

This is because, whereas the increase in pupils at St James’ will just be a one-off, Lever House is set to get an increased intake for subsequent years following this year’s influx, to assist with demand expected to be generated from future housing developments.

Headteacher John Hurst said: “We’ve been talking about increasing the overall size for a while now.

“We’re a good school and there are lots of exciting things that we want to do, so we want to increase the school family and have a bigger positive impact on even more children.”