Proposed expansion of King’s Oak Primary School

People can have their say on plans to create 30 more permanent places for pupils at a New Malden primary school.

Proposals to expand King’s Oak by one form of entry from September 2014 onwards have been published by Kingston Council.

The expansion plan, estimated to cost around £2.8 million, is part of the council’s strategy for school places across the borough.

If approved, parents will have certainty that 30 more local children will be placed at the school every year. The school will get some new buildings and facilities to reflect the additional pupils.

King’s Oak has taken on a ‘bulge’ class of 30 additional children this year.

“A growing population and increasing demand for our excellent primary schools mean that we need more places to ensure that children can be educated close to home.

“Bulge classes help parents but are just a short-term fix. Creating extra permanent forms of entry in areas where demand is high is a more manageable, long-term solution that gives parents and schools more certainty.

“I thank the staff and governors of King’s Oak for working with us to ensure that, subject to approval, there will be enough school places for their local community.”

Councillor David Ryder-Mills, Kingston Council’s Lead Member for Schools

The consultation ends on 1 November 2013.