Welwyn Garden City school set to expand to meet increased intake

PUBLISHED: 11:37 10 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:41 10 August 2018

Stanborough School. Picture: Danny Loo

Stanborough School. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2018

A Welwyn Garden City school is hoping to get the go-ahead to build a new teaching block and in turn create 15 new jobs.

Stanborough School. Picture: Danny LooStanborough School. Picture: Danny Loo

Stanborough School has submitted a planning application to Welwyn Hatfield Council for the construction of a new teaching block, replacement Tarmac play areas and additional parking spaces.

In school’s design and access statement, it reads: “The new two-storey general teaching class block will contribute to the much-needed redevelopment of the whole school site, essential to improving the school’s standing as an educational hub for the local community, and improve the quality of the students’ learning spaces.”

It would replace the existing hard courts and mobile classrooms opposite the sixth form block.

The plans would also see improvements to external sports provision in the replacement of a poor quality asphalt court area, currently unsuitable for sports use, as well as internal conversions for specialist teaching.

Mr Peter Brown is due to retire from his role as Stanborough School's headteacher. Picture: Dan MartinMr Peter Brown is due to retire from his role as Stanborough School's headteacher. Picture: Dan Martin

Currently out of 130 parking spaces there is only one disability space and the proposed plans look to increase that to three.

The school is also proposing an additional 35 parking spaces, plus a further 26 bike spaces.

The school expansion would also result in the creation of 10 more full-time employees and five part-time.

In the application it states that the plans would address the need for additional teaching accommodation and an additional large space to meet the requirements for the secondary expansion programme initiative - supported by Hertfordshire County Council which has agreed to fund the multi-million pound extension to the school buildings.

Mrs Merry John will be taking over from Mr Brown as Stanborough School's new headteacher in September. Picture: Supplied.Mrs Merry John will be taking over from Mr Brown as Stanborough School's new headteacher in September. Picture: Supplied.

Back in February the school was granted permission to create a single storey music/drama block and to demolish the existing music and drama accommodation.

The school is set to undergo a number of other changes after its current headteacher Peter Brown announced in March that he would be retiring at the end of the summer term.

From September Merry John, who was formerly the sole deputy headteacher at Nicholas Breakspear School, will be replacing him.

In April the county council’s Cabinet agreed to invest in increasing the Year 7 intake at Stanborough School by 30 pupils from September 2019 - which will be prioritised to Hatfield applicants until another secondary school is built as part of the local plan.

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