New school places getting nearer for Codicote

Published: 17 May 2019

The expansion of Codicote C of E Primary School, near Welwyn, has moved a step closer after new plans were given the go-ahead by Hertfordshire County Council.

A proposal to change the school from one-form entry to two forms from September 2020 moved on to the next stage after agreement from the County Council’s Cabinet on Monday (13 May).

A final decision to approve the plans could be made at a Cabinet meeting on 8 July, if objections are received during a required four-week notice period which is now underway.

Of those who responded to a public consultation, which ended on 1 April, many people raised the need for more school places in Codicote to meet demand.

Codicote C of E Primary School is the only primary serving the village and the surrounding area. Already oversubscribed, the school is poised to face even more demand in the future with 315 proposed new homes outlined nearby in North Hertfordshire District Council’s local plan.

With Hertfordshire’s population expected to rise by 175,000 by 2031, increasing the intake of existing schools and building new schools are ways in which the county council is helping to support and deliver sustainable growth by creating the infrastructure needed.

The county council has created more than 14,200 additional permanent and temporary primary and secondary school places since 2012.

Jenny Coles, the county council’s director of children’s services, said:

“School expansions and building new schools are sustainable answers to providing much-needed school places as close as possible to where they are needed.

“Expansions of existing schools help to improve educational opportunities, enrich the curriculum and have a positive impact on the whole school community.

“Every child deserves the best start in their education, and in the best environment possible. We are committed to making sure there are enough school places in Hertfordshire to cater for our growing population.”

More information about the proposal to expand Codicote C of E Primary School, the public consultation and representations received can be found on the county council’s website.