Welwyn Garden City parents launch petition to get new school facilities
PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:18 06 December 2017
Parents at a Welwyn Garden City primary school have launched a petition demanding the county council upgrades its facilities.
Holwell Primary School underwent a revamp in 2014 that added eight new classrooms, raising the pupil capacity to 420, but many voiced frustration that the dining room, school hall and playground were not also expanded.
The petition has since been launched, attracting nearly 500 signatures, ahead of a visit from Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps this month.
Mum-of-two Monika Scott, who started the lobbying, told the WHT: “After the expansion the parents were wondering how the old facilities will accommodate so many children.
“We have been asking the school what is the plan for it and they said that they are in the process of trying to get funding for it.
“So I have decided to start the petition so hopefully they can get the funding quicker.”
Mum Victoria Rose added: “I signed because every child deserves to have a place to learn in good conditions and should be able to have enough space to play.
“They should also have space to eat properly without having to get rushed so the next lot of children can have lunch.
“Why expand a school with extra classrooms without extending other areas of the school which won’t meet the needs of children?”
Holwell headteacher Joe McIntyre said the infrastructure of the original building was only designed to accommodate 210 pupils, but in three years’ the capacity will be 420.
“The governing body and parents of the school feel that modifications to these facilities should have been part of the original expansion project,” he added.
“With 90 additional pupils due to join us over the next three years, the facilities need to be expanded to give these additional children the same opportunities as our current children.”
A spokeswoman for the county council said: “The headteacher has very recently made Hertfordshire County Council aware of the school’s concerns.
“The council is always happy to hear suggestions from Hertfordshire residents about changes that they would like to see to the services we provide.
“Petitions are one way the people can do this.
“If sufficient signatures are obtained, the petition will be considered by the appropriate council panel.”
The petition is available here.