Newton Poppleford Primary School’s rebuild consultation postponed

Proposals for a new school building at Newton Poppleford Primary School

Proposals for a new school building at Newton Poppleford Primary School - Credit: Archant

A consultation on plans to rebuild the 140-year-old Newton Poppleford Primary School has been postponed.

The plans were set to be exhibited tomorrow (Tuesday) but the event has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the school’s control, according to a spokesman.

More details will be released in due course.

Cash – estimated in 2014 to be between £2.5million and £3million – will fund the replacement of the school’s existing seven classrooms, hall and kitchen, and allow the pre-school to be incorporated.

A consultation letter distributed around the village says: “Newton Poppleford Primary School has been allocated funding to build a much-needed new school building.

“Design proposals are being drawn up that meet the needs of the school and our community, and will replace the current school buildings with a new, purpose-built school.”

A joint statement from headmaster Stuart Vaughan and Julie Bramble, who chairs the school’s governing body, said: “The whole school community is excited by the prospect of a new school for Newton Poppleford.

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“The project is part of the Priority School Buildings Programme and as such is funded by the Government through the Education Funding Agency.

“The proposal will see a new eight class school, with a modern, purpose-built hall and kitchen, which will allow the incorporation of Little Popples Pre-school into the new building.

“It will see the removal of the temporary buildings along with the much altered main Victorian building.”

Mr Vaughan told the Herald in 2014 that the work would likely take 12 months, but it would not impact on children’s learning.

He said there is pressure on pupil places, but the project is not intended to increase capacity.