Welwyn Garden City school set to double in size

Holwell Primary school

Holwell Primary school - Credit: Archant

A school in Welwyn Garden City is set to double in size with plans for a new extension.

Holwell Primary School will see the capacity for admissions rise from 210 currently to 420 over a seven-year period.

This will mean the school will be able to cope with two classes for each year group.

And to accommodate these potential new arrivals, a two-storey classroom block is proposed, built to the rear of the current building.

The plans are part of Hertfordshire County Council’s school expansions programme, brought about by a rise in the primary population across the county.

Chris Hayward, cabinet member for education, said: “Demographic pressures mean there is a significant increase in the number of children needing school places.

“It is a priority of Hertfordshire County Council to make sure young people get a good start in life at one of our many excellent schools and everyone gets the opportunity to thrive.”

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The Holwell Road school is the only one in WGC to be considered for expansion, as it is considered to be in an area of need.

Under the plans the school will employ 20 new members of staff.

Other schools were considered but turned down for a variety of reasons.

The plans also include provisions for a new car park to try to alleviate some of the traffic problems in the area.

Discussions are also ongoing as to how best reduce the number of children being dropped off by car.

Ideas so far include a walking bus and a park and stride scheme.

Another suggestion is to have crossing patrols at key junctions.

There are also plans for more cycle spaces to encourage more children to cycle to school.