New level at school to cater for numbers
WEST Leederville Primary School is one step closer to expanding by five classrooms to handle growing student enrolments.
The Town of Cambridge council approved an application last week to build a second storey on top of the existing library for the classrooms and staff room.
Education Department figures show enrolments have grown rapidly from 200 in 2008 to 511 this year, with 550 expected next year.
A department spokeswoman said the decision to build on an existing building was to retain existing, limited play space.
“Although outdoor play space is limited, creative use of space, such as our adventure playground installed during our previous build in 2015, and students walking to Rutter Park during lunch breaks, enables students to engage in physical activities as required,” the spokeswoman said.
“The school community agreed that using any more of the school’s limited land for buildings was not viable and suggested the idea of building on top of the library.”
The new storey will be built off-site in semester 1, 2017 and will be completed on-site at the start of semester 2.
The existing staff room will be used as a classroom from the start of the 2017 school year.
Cambridge councillors supported the application on the condition of a full contribution from the Education Department.