Hertfordshire County Council approves recommendation for more school places in Hemel Hempstead

Published: 24 Apr 2018

Cabinet has today, approved a recommendation to create an additional 30 more permanent school places at Belswains Primary School in Barnfield, Hemel Hempstead (subject to the normal statutory notice period).

This will include additional classroom accommodation to support the increased number of pupils.

The places are being created in response to demand in the area and it is intended that they would be available from September 2019. This will mean the school will have the capacity to admit 60 reception aged children growing to a full two form entry thereafter.

A consultation took place from January – March to collect the views of local people.

A statutory notices will be issued and the notice period will run from 30 April for four weeks. A final decision will be taken by Cabinet in July should there be any objections.

The latest proposals come on top of the over £250m already approved since 2010 to provide over 19,000 additional permanent and temporary primary and secondary school places.

A spokesperson for Hertfordshire County Council said: “We are committed to making sure that every child in Hertfordshire has a place at one of our great schools so they can reach their full potential. That means ensuring the right number of school places in the best location. We will continue to invest money to ensure that where the county’s population grows we build the appropriate infrastructure.”

To find out more about how we plan for school places and to respond to the current consultation visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/schoolplaces