Plans announced to relocate village primary school to a bigger site

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New plans are underway to relocate Lakenheath Community Primary School to a bigger site in the village to support the community’s growing population.

It is proposed by Suffolk County Council that the existing primary school in Mill Road will move to the new site in Station Road by 2025. Plans for the new building are currently being developed.

The new school would offer an additional 105 places for new pupils and the option for expansion in further years if needed. It is expected that the primary school, which cannot be expanded on the current site, will exceed its capacity of 315 places in the next few years due to new housing developments planned in the local area.

This proposal replaces an existing plan to build a second school in the village. This plan is no longer being pursued because of the viability of the village having two relatively small schools and the financial risk.

Dawn Bluett, Chair of Governors, said:

“The Governing body of Lakenheath Community Primary School welcomes the option of a new single expanded primary school for the Lakenheath community. We look forward to working constructively in partnership with education colleagues from Suffolk County Council to seek positive solutions and reassurances to a number of concerns we have for the successful development and implementation of our new community school location and building facilities.”

Rachel Hood, Cabinet member for education, SEND and skills, at Suffolk County Council, said:

“We will work closely with the school and the community to ensure the new site and building are a positive outcome for everyone, and we will continue to address any concerns raised. This proposal supports the needs of the growing community, and is part of our on-going review of the capacity of Suffolk schools and planned housing developments. The new building will provide a modern and bright space for pupils and staff and will be purpose built to suit the specific circumstances of the village.”