Second King’s Lynn school could be affected by relocation proposal, education chiefs admit

St Edmund's Community Foundation School, North Lynn
St Edmund's Community Foundation School, North Lynn
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A second school could be affected by plans to provide new school buildings in North Lynn, education chiefs have admitted.

Officials say they want to hear from people associated with the Highgate Infant School, as part of the public consultation on plans to relocate the St Edmund’s Community School from its present site.

But council chiefs maintain the scheme will provide significant benefits for the area.

The project, if implemented, would see the St Edmund’s school move from its current home in Kilhams Way to a new site in Greenpark Avenue, where it would also be able to expand if required.

The site would serve the ongoing major housing development which encompasses several sites in the Lynnsport and Marsh Lane areas.

Proposals to formally transfer ownership of the land earmarked for the school from West Norfolk Council to Norfolk County Council were approved by the borough’s ruling cabinet on Tuesday evening.

But an online consultation on the proposal said: “A new school building in the Lynnsport development would be very close to Highgate Infant School.

“We would welcome comments on the potential risks and opportunities for Highgate Infant School, in the light of the new school building in Lynnsport.

“We have been working with the Ad Meliora Trust (St Edmund’s) and the governors of Highgate Infant School on how we can take these plans forward.”

Concerns were raised at last Thursday’s borough meeting by Labour councillor Sandra Buck about the extent to which the ongoing public consultation had been publicised.

But leader Brian Long said he understood all the area’s schools had been contacted about the plans and urged all interested parties to have their say.

He said: “I see the provision of a new school in North Lynn as most important. Having to cross an underpass to get to an older school isnt the most inspring for children.

“We’ve seen the benefits (of a new school) in South Lynn and I want to see the very best for our children.

Comments can be made by completing an online survey at norfolk.citizenspace.com/childrens-services/north-lynn, emailing schoolreview@norfolk.gov.uk or writing to School Organisation Team, Freepost IH2076, (Bay 29, Floor 8, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH). The consultation ends on March 20.