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A CONSULTATION on proposals to relocate a primary school in Barnoldswick has been launched.

Lancashire County Council has put forward plans to rebuild Barnoldswick CE School on the site of West Craven High Technology College.

A report from the county’s Executive Director for Children and Young People found that as a result of an increased birth rates in West Craven, the number of school places currently available will not be enough to meet the increased demand.

A new school would provide an additional 30 spaces each year from September, 2012, taking the school from 202 pupils to 420 and becoming two-form entry.

The report also outlined a need for a new building as it is too small for the current number of pupils, is in a poor condition and lacks disabled access and outdoor space. County councillor Susie Charles, Cabinet Member for Children and Schools, said: “We aim to provide schools that meet the needs of our communities and at times this involves increasing the number of school places in a particular school. We will not make a decision until we have carefully considered all responses to this consultation.”

A consultation even was held at Barnoldswick CE School, which Lynn Mappin, head of the children and young people’s service at the county council said had been very well attended.

She said: “We are still very much at the early stages of the consultation but we had a number of people attending from different backgrounds and a lot of interest in the plans.”

The consultation runs until October 14th. A decision will then be made in December. Take part by writing to Provision Planning Team, Directorate for Children and Young People, FREEPOST PR503, Preston, PR1 8RJ (no stamp required) or emailing cyp.schoolreviews@lancashire.gov.uk. The document can be viewed at www.lancashire.gov.uk/schoolorganisationreviews