Free school scheme for Highfield is given the green light

MCHG 12-844     The closed-down Jupiter Drive School, Hemel Hempstead.
MCHG 12-844 The closed-down Jupiter Drive School, Hemel Hempstead.

A closed school site will have new life breathed into it after plans for a free school were given the go ahead.

Parents fiercely fought against the closure of Highfield’s Jupiter Drive School back in 2007 when council chiefs shut the doors of three primary schools due to falling demand.

Now the empty site will be opened as a new school in September 2014 to cater for the increasing number of little ones needing places at reception entry level.

West Herts Community Free Schools Trust, which has already opened a successful school in Hatfield where its popularity means there is now a waiting list, was this week given the green light from the Department for Education to start work on the Hemel Hempstead base.

County bosses are also driving ahead with their own expansion projects at existing schools.

Across Herts, 10 primary schools will be made bigger to provide a further 204 permanent places at reception from September 2014.

In Hemel Hempstead, South Hill School in Heath Lane will grow by 30 places.

Statutory notices have now been published to inform the public about the plan.

More details can be found at www.hertsdirect.org/your-council/work/publicnotices/csnotices/

Comments on the plan must be submitted by June 11 by emailing education.planning@hertfordshire.gov.uk or by post to FAO South Hill Primary School, Herts County Council, Freepost HJ71, CS School Planning, Room 138, County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8DF.

To find out more about free schools visit www.westhertscommunityfreeschools.org.uk