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New Melksham school for growing town
6:00pm Friday 20th September 2013 in Melksham
Melksham will be getting a new 420-capacity primary school, which is expected to be up and running by 2015.
Wiltshire Council has approved plans for a new school to replace Forest and Sandridge School, on Sandridge Hill, to accommodate the growing population to the east of the town.
The new school, which will keep the Forest and Sandridge name, will be located south of Snarlton Lane, and will include two halls, a hard sports area and two grass football pitches.
It will be split between two wings, and built in stages, with offices, an entrance hall and nine classrooms being built first, and a further four classrooms and a nursery room to follow.
The school’s changing facilities will be available for public use, and the hall will be accessible for community use at evenings and weekends.
Headteacher Anna Wilcox said: “There are a few legalities to sort out which will take a few months, so I can’t say for certain, but hopefully early next year ground will be broken, with the build taking a year.
“It’s absolutely fantastic news. We are in desperate need of it, and it’s very exciting to think we are finally about to start on the adventure we have waited years and years for.
“We’re all looking forward to moving into the new school.”
Plans for the school were approved last month by town and parish councillors. Melksham Without Parish Council clerk Mary Jarvis said: “We welcome the new school. We approved the plans after they made some changes; they increased the height of the fences at the rear of the properties on Snarlton Lane, and we were very happy with them.”
Plans submitted by Pegasus Homes to convert the current school site into a 12-home estate are still waiting for approval from the council.
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