New primary school could open in North Hykeham by 2015
A new primary school could be open in North Hykeham by 2015.
Plans for a new free school will be submitted to the Government in January.
If approved, the school would be built between the new David Wilson and Barratt Homes developments. It would cater for up to 500 children, aged between 4 and 11 years old.
The Hykeham Free School Group is behind the bid, which is led by North Kesteven District Councillor Ross Little.
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He said the Hykeham area was set to expand rapidly over the next ten years and a new school was required to meet future student demand.
Cllr Little told the Echo: "The site we hope to build on is part of the David Wilson Homes development.
"There is a plot of land there set aside for a primary school.
"The council is not planning to build a school on this site and there is no existing building so we can design the building to match our needs and vision.
"We're not looking to take students from other schools. We'll be open to foundation pupils first who will then fill up the school as they move up a year.
The school will develop year on year and will build up gradually.
"We'll be at full capacity within six years which will see the school cater for up to 500 students."
Cllr Little said the school would open in September 2015 with around 250 students to begin with.
"As we'll be funded directly from the Department of Education, we won't be taking funding away from maintained schools in the area," he added.
"There is a need for another primary school in the North Hykeham area due to expanding businesses, new homes and families moving to the area. We are hoping to cater for this growing demand for primary pupil places."
Latest census figures show the population for the Parish of North Hykeham is estimated to have increased by 2,346 between 2001 and 2011, from 11,538 to 13,884 people.
The boom has been fuelled by new housing developments in the town as well as in nearby villages, such as Witham St Hughes.
The school could also take children from nearby RAF Waddington.
Cllr Little says forces families are among those buying houses on the David Wilson estate.
Local MP Stephen Phillips is supporting the bid.
He said: "I am delighted to offer my support to the Hykeham Free School Group. This area of Lincolnshire is growing fast and it will be extremely beneficial for local children, whether newly arrived or not, to have access to a new school with such a great focus on a strong education and developing all the skills that they need.
"I will be keeping a close eye on progress and I very much hope that the project will come to fruition soon."
The school bid group has set up a website where prospective parents can find out more information about the school's vision, ethos and plans for the future. Visit www.hykeham- school.org