Out-of-town pupils face move to schools

PUBLISHED: 10:11 30 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 26 October 2009

Headteacher Alan Cocker: We can cope with extra pupils

Headteacher Alan Cocker: We can cope with extra pupils

DOZENS of children from out-of-town could be moved into primary schools across Potters Bar. In total 35 children have been offered places at Cranborne and Oakmere primary schools, due to overcrowding in Borehamwood. The youngsters, aged just four and five

DOZENS of children from out-of-town could be moved into primary schools across Potters Bar.

In total 35 children have been offered places at Cranborne and Oakmere primary schools, due to overcrowding in Borehamwood.

The youngsters, aged just four and five, would have to travel roughly seven miles for their journey to school.

The county council has even offered to provide free transport for children who may be sent more than two miles away.

With Sunny Bank Primary School closing in the summer, many of its pupils are also being shipped over to Cranborne.

However, headteacher Alan Cocker said the Laurels Fields school can cope with the influx of children.

"We are relishing the year ahead, it will be really good to have more pupils in the school and we believe with hard work we can help the Sunny Bank children settle in easier.

"Most of them are already friends with our pupils anyway.

"In regards to the children from Borehamwood, I do not believe we are going to have that many.

"We are told that a maximum of 58 pupils will be in reception next term.

"I very much doubt there will be that many, however if there is we have the resources to cope with that."

Oakmere has also offered places to Borehamwood children. However, headteacher Julie Lilly said there would not be enough to affect the school in any way. A county council spokeswoman told the Potters Bar Edition they will have a better idea of the places available at Borehamwood after the deadline for finalised places, which is tomorrow (Thursday).

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