A CHESTER primary school could be doubled in size in order to meet demand for places.
Currently, Dee Point Primary School in Blacon has room for 210 pupils but proposals from Cheshire West and Chester Council would see the capacity increased to 420 pupils.
Consultation with parents, teachers, governors and residents has now begun and building work could get underway next year.
Proposals would see the school’s annual intake doubled from 30 places to 60 places and a new school building built.
Funding for the planned expansion would come from the council’s capital programme and the Department for Education, which has awarded CWaC £6.7 million to upgrade school buildings.
Gerald Meehan, the council’s director of children and young people, approved the decision to start formal consultation on the plans.
The consultation document states: “The proposal to expand the size of the school and increase its PAN (published admission number) has arisen from analysis of the present and future need for primary school places in the Blacon area.”
CWaC said it had considered numerous factors, including birth rates, planned housing developments and parental preferences. The document continues: “The council shares the Government’s commitment to enable parental preference and to ensure that children attend schools of the highest quality.
“Dee Point Primary School is proportionately the most over-subscribed school in Blacon and has the highest number of primary age pupils living within its catchment area.”
Cllr Mark Stocks, executive member for children and young people, will decided whether to progress or amend the plans once the consultation ends on March 24.
Inspectors rated Dee Point Primary School as outstanding following the Ofsted inspection in October, 2009.
Blacon has four other primary school which are Highfield Community Primary School, J. H. Godwin Primary School, The Arches Community Primary School and St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School.
Highfield Community Primary School has already undergone significant improvements.
The proposal will be discussed again when the council’s children and education scrutiny committee meets on Monday.