New level at school to cater for num­bers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

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