Free school plans for Wisbech’s Meadowgate

Alison Fletcher (Catering), Alan Ruff (Vehicle Technology) and Tim Jellis (Horticulture) at Meadowgate School, Wisbech
Alison Fletcher (Catering), Alan Ruff (Vehicle Technology) and Tim Jellis (Horticulture) at Meadowgate School, Wisbech
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A headteacher has announced plans to extend an over-susbscribed Wisbech school.

Meadowgate School has been unable to take additional pupils from September last year and is operating a “one-out-one-in” policy.

Youngsters with additional learning needs have been forced to travel to Ely or Huntingdon to attend school.

Now headteacher Jackie McPherson is hoping to create a free school on land behind the current school site.

The school is now looking to bid to the Department of Education to open the free school, which if successful could be open by September 2018.

Speaking at last night’s Wisbech Town Council meeting Mrs McPherson said: “The building was constructed for 140 pupils but we currently have 158 on the roll.

“We are in a very challenging position of having to turn away some local people that require a special school place because we can no longer accommodate them.

“We have increased in size by one class each year over the last two years and we are now at capacity.”

It is hoped the new building would create an additional 30 places along with allowing the school to move over 18 pupils to bring its roll down to 140.