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Chorley school to grow
9:00am Thursday 21st March 2013 in News
A PRIMARY school is to double in size after a soar in demand for places.
Buckshaw Trinity Primary School opened its doors less than three years ago but has already seen the number of reception places double from 30 to 60.
Plans have now been submitted to build six additional classrooms in a two-storey extension and to double the size of the reception classroom.
Architects Cassidy and Ashton, who worked on the original building, have designed the extension, which will mean year five pupils, currently housed in temporary accommodation, will have a classroom of their own.
Jill Wright, headteacher at Buckshaw Trinity, said: “This is great news. It will be lovely to be in one building again. Having a temporary classroom is always a bit tricky, but year five has been very good about it.
“The 60 children who came into reception in September last year will now work their way through the school and we’ll continue to offer 60 new reception places each year.”
The £5.5m school opened in September 2010 after being commissioned by the Diocese of Blackburn and the Methodist Circuit, originally intended for just 210 pupils.
The school has solar panels to heat the water and toilets that are flushed using rain water.
Chris Taylor, associate at Cassidy and Ashton, said: “Our intention was always to create an inspiring environment and, from the rise in the demand for places, it appears that we achieved that aim.”