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Plans to relocate Lakenheath Community Primary School to Station Road underway

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Plans to relocate a village primary school to a bigger site in order to accommodate the community's expanding population are underway.

With a number of housing developments planned in the area, it is feared that Lakenheath Community Primary School, in Mill Road, will exceed its capacity of 315 places in the next few years.

However, Suffolk County Council is proposing to move the new school to a site in Station Road by 2025.

Lakenheath Community Primary School could be relocated to Station Road. Picture: Google Maps
Lakenheath Community Primary School could be relocated to Station Road. Picture: Google Maps

The new school would offer an additional 105 places for potential new pupils and could expand in the future if required.

The new proposal would negate the existing plan to build a second school in the village.

Dawn Bluett, Chair of Governors, said: “The Governing body of Lakenheath Community Primary School welcomes the option of a new single expanded primary school for the Lakenheath community.

“We look forward to working constructively in partnership with education colleagues from Suffolk County Council to seek positive solutions and reassurances to a number of concerns we have for the successful development and implementation of our new community school location and building facilities.”

Rachel Hood, cabinet member for education, SEND and skills, at Suffolk County Council, added: “We will work closely with the school and the community to ensure the new site and building are a positive outcome for everyone, and we will continue to address any concerns raised.

“This proposal supports the needs of the growing community, and is part of our on-going review of the capacity of Suffolk schools and planned housing developments.

"The new building will provide a modern and bright space for pupils and staff and will be purpose built to suit the specific circumstances of the village.”