Crewe schools - expansion.

The Local Authority has a statutory duty to provide sufficient school places for children resident in its area. An analysis of the latest pupil forecasts has identified the need to provide additional primary school places in Crewe in response to increasing pupil populations.

The data produced indicates the need for an extra 420 school places (reception to year 6) which, if agreed, would provide 60 more reception class places from September 2017. The local authority has therefore considered the current capacity of schools in Crewe and their potential for expansion using each school’s site information.  

This identified three schools that could potentially be expanded, as shown in the table below. Following discussions with the local authority, the governing bodies/academy trusts considered the need for extra school places in the area and resolved to publish expansion proposals for their schools. 

Crewe school expansion numbers
School  ProposerExtra pupil places Extra reception places 
Hungerford Primary Academy Academy Trust  210  30
Monks Coppenhall Primary Governing Body  210  30
Wistaston Academy Academy Trust  210  30

 Further information on the need and rational for additional places can be found in the consultation document.

The local authority, together in partnership with the academy trust and governing body proposers undertook a 4 week consultation period which ran from 25th February 2016 until  25 March 2016. 

Next Steps

27 April 2016

At the meeting held on 27 April the Portfolio Holder, Children and Families decision was :-

  • That support be given to the proposal made by the Monks Coppenhall Community Primary School Governing Body to expand the school from 420 places (2FE) to 630 (3FE) places providing an additional 210 pupil places to commence during the academic year 2017-2018
  • That support be given to the proposal made by Hungerford Primary Academy to expand the school from 420 places (2FE) to 630 (3FE) places providing an additional 210 pupil places to commence during the academic year 2017-2018
  • That the Wistaston Academy Trust be informed that their proposal to expand the school from 420 places (2FE) to 630 (3FE) places cannot be supported on this occasion and they be informed of the reasons for this decision.

The papers, minutes and decision notice are published on the County's web pages, for further information see Modern.gov