Temporary school plan for Cambourne children

CHILDREN in Cambourne who have been left without a primary school place are to be taught in a temporary classroom. About 20 children living have been unable to find places in schools for the start of the new academic year in September. Cambourne Parish

CHILDREN in Cambourne who have been left without a primary school place are to be taught in a temporary classroom.

About 20 children living have been unable to find places in schools for the start of the new academic year in September.

Cambourne Parish Council is so concerned about the lack of school space that it has written to Cambridgeshire County Council asking if a temporary school can be set up.

The parish council has highlighted three possible sites including the village's business park, the eco park and the land which could house a proposed burial ground.

At the March meeting of the parish council, chairman Cllr Ruth Poulton expressed concern at the delay in providing a third primary school for the village.

She said something was needed to be done to try and prevent children as young as four being ferried out of the village to other schools.

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A spokesman for Cambridgeshire County Council said: "This is a suggestion we have considered previously. We would welcome any further suggestions, but we would have to assess any site for its suitability for a school before we accepted."

The county council is expected to reach a decision in the coming weeks.

Planning permission has not yet been granted for the proposed third primary school in Cambourne, which has sparked controversy among residents.

Some people living in the village are unhappy that the school could be built on part of Jeavons Wood. A Save Jeavons Wood campaign was launched by people who fear wildlife and green space will be lost when other sites for the school could be found.

Big Wide Talk and Comberton Education Trust have been shortlisted to run the third primary school.

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