A PRIMARY school in the heart of Knutsford is considering relocating to the nearby Knutsford Academy site to meet growing demand.
Egerton Primary School, on Bexton Road, has issued a letter to parents advising them that the school is considering the relocation in order to reach their goal of a full two form entry primary.
In collaboration with Cheshire East Council, Knutsford Multi-Academy Trust and the wider education community an initial feasibility study is currently being carried out to develop an ‘inspirational 2-18 Learning Campus’ based upon the current Knutsford Academy site.
This feasibility stage is intended to be completed by the end of the summer.
In the letter, Egerton’s Chair of Govenors Nicola Metcalfe stated: “Egerton is a highly valued and successful primary school in the heart of Knutsford. In this position, we regret not being able to provide more of the school places demanded by our immediate community due to the size constraints of our existing site.
“Following significant work with the LA Admissions team and the other local schools, it was agreed some time ago that the solution to this growing need would be to relocate and grow Egerton. We have therefore been considering options which would allow us to achieve this.”
Nicola told the Guardian that the school has experienced growing pressure over past couple of years and that places are ‘really tight.’
“What we want to avoid is families driving past a school that they can walk to,” she added. “At the minute, there is a lot of that happening – people driving past Egerton to go to a school further away from where they live.”
Nicola said that the school is working with the local authority to ensure that it provides the best opportunities for as many people as possible.
“I think Knutsford has got to the point where Egerton needs to grow,” she added.