Hexthorpe Primary School to receive a £1.8m extension


Increasing numbers of children in the Hexthorpe area of Doncaster have led to plans for a £1.8m extension to the primary school.

Doncaster Council’s cabinet is due to meet today (Wednesday) to discuss the proposal, which would see the facility increase from 420 pupils to 630.

The council has been allocated £1,895,429 from The Education Funding Agency (EFA) for the school. A further request for £500,000 has been made to provide an additional hall area, and remodelling of the existing school to accommodate classrooms.

Architects are now working with the school and have indicated a spend in the region of £200,000 but further work is required before the initial £500k can be released.

A consultation earlier this year with staff, governors and parents on the proposal received mixed reponses. Some believed the expansion would give more children opportunities to have a better education.

A report to cabinet added: “The amount of children in the area is on the increase so school places need to increase.”

Views against the proposal included concerns about car parking and traffic problems and that the school will become “too big” and the “family feel” may be lost.

Other worries were about the potential disruption for residents during the building phase, the amount of space and class sizes and the impact on Early Years children.

The proposals came about after there being no spare reception class places within the Balby pyramid in September.