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Public support pays off as Ulverston infant school expands

AN infant school is set to expand its age range from September.

WELCOMED Ulverston CE Infant School headteacher Bernadette Calvey JON GRANGER REF: 50002050B000

Cumbria County Council’s cabinet voted in favour of Ulverston Church of England School, in Church Walk, becoming a full primary school at a meeting held in Kendal yesterday.

The school caters for 90 children aged between four and seven but the change will see it look after pupils until they move to secondary school at the age of 11. Pupils will no longer have to move schools at the end of Year Two.

Chair of governors at the school, Reverend Tom Thomas welcomed the decision.

He said: “The school is very pleased – it is the right way forward for us and I think we will serve the community much better.

“There is huge public support and that is very significant to us.”

John Macilwraith, the council’s director for prevention and partnership within children’s services, addressed members at the meeting, saying the plans were in line with council policy.

He added: “Introducing the change means children will no longer have to change schools.”

To enable the school to cope with the increased number of classes without making any changes to its premises, the number of children in each class will drop from 30 to 15.

As a result, the nearby Sir John Barrow Primary School will take on additional pupils each year.

Mr Macilwraith added: “The proposals do not create any significant issues and the funding changes do not pose a difficult situation for either school.”

When the plans were first announced they went out to consultation and received overwhelmingly positive feedback from parents.

Ulverston CE Infant School headteacher Bernadette Calvey previously told the Evening Mail the changes were in response to requests from parents.

She said: “We are doing this for the right reasons and with the children’s best interests at heart.”

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