Ludlow school to expand before pupil numbers exceed capacity

Two cramped classrooms are set to be enlarged at a school where pupil numbers are expanding rapidly.

St Laurence School in Ludlow
St Laurence School in Ludlow

St Laurence Primary School, in Jockey Field, Ludlow, was opened in 1992 and is one of three primaries in the town.

A planning application lodged with Shropshire Council in the last few days says there are currently 227 pupils, including at the nursery.

Councillor Andy Boddington said: “This is a welcome project. The aim is not to provide additional school places but to improve the learning environment for current school numbers.

“Any need to increase the capacity in Ludlow’s primary schools to take on extra pupils from the new housing being built within and on the outskirts of Ludlow in the coming years will be reviewed in the autumn.”

A plan, lodged on Friday (Jan 21) proposes a single storey extension to provide additional classroom space to three junior classrooms and infill next to the existing music room and study room.

Work at the site is proposed to start in the summer and be completed by Christmas.

Members of staff have been involved in drawing up the proposals which are now out for consultation.

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