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Orchard Primary School expansion will not be ready for new school year, Hertfordshire County Council confirms
The planned permanent expansion of a north Watford primary school will not be ready by September, Hertfordshire County Council has confirmed.
The authority said temporary accommodation will be provided for new students at Orchard Primary School, which is due to take in an extra 30 pupils a year.
An application to build an extension on nearby fallow allotment land for the Gammons Lane school is still yet to come before Watford Borough Council’s development control committee.
A spokesman for the council said: "The proposed expansion of Orchard Primary School will provide the school with 10 new additional classrooms with associated group rooms and a new reception area to welcome parents and visitors.
"The building of the new classroom block will commence this year, subject to receiving town planning permission. We do not expect the project to be completed in full until 2015, but this will not delay the admission of additional pupils in September 2014.
"Appropriate accommodation on site will be provided for the additional children joining the school in September and this has been agreed with the Governing Body.
"In addition Hertfordshire County Council and Watford Borough Council have been working closely to ensure that the proposed expansion will use part of the former allotment land next to the school for the expansion to enable local children to have the required outdoor play space."
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