Three Middlesbrough primary schools submit plans for changes

Three primary schools in Middlesbrough have lodged plans with the council to make changes to their sites.

Rose Wood Academy Primary School and Easterside Primary School both want to extend their schools, while Newport Primary School wants to add extra storage space. The council has not made a decision on the plans yet.

Easterside Primary School has submitted proposals to provide extra provision for children with special educational needs. The school is anticipating that more children will need additional support during the 2022/23 academic year.

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The extension will be used as a break-out space or quiet room and will be in keeping with the previous changes to the back of the school. In March, the council’s head of inclusion, assessment and review, Emma Cowley, said schools were facing increased referrals for children with special educational needs and that was putting pressure on resources.

She added: “They [schools] are seeing lots of children coming into school in early years, in Reception and Year One age, who are struggling. They have had some difficult experiences because of covid over the last few years and they are now hitting education and there’s a real pressure in trying to meet the needs of those children.

“But it’s not just those children, it’s across the board really and that is coming through to us as a local authority as more referrals for children with SEND, more pressure on our resources for children with SEND, and also higher risks of children being excluded from schools.”

Rose Wood Academy in Coulby Newham has also lodged expansion plans with the local authority. It wants to build a new classroom block to the east of the main school building.

The construction period is expected to last for around 12 weeks and pupils will remain in the main building while the works are ongoing. The new site will create two new classrooms for early years children catering for 50 pupils and there will be new toilets too.

There will be the option to open up the two classrooms to create one large space. A new footpath will be installed to provide access.

Newport Primary school has also submitted proposals to construct two storage containers on the school field.

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