Major expansion is planned for school

A Newmarket primary school is set for a major expabnsion as the county education authority bids to tackle an acute shortage of school places.

Plans are in the pipeline for four new classrooms at Houldsworth Valley Primary School in Rowley Drive, according to papers which went before Newmarket Town Council on Monday.

The council has been consulted by Suffolk County Council which is putting together a consultation on proposals for a single storey extension housing four new classrooms.

“We certainly need more school places but I would be interested to know what percentage increase it would be,” said Cllr Rachel Hood.

“I think it is a very good thing Suffolk County Council is doing something about 

And Cllr Mick Jefferys added: “Houldsworth Valley is probably the school that can most easily expand compared to some of the others in 
town which have nowhere to grow.”

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said: “The expansion for school places in Newmarket is set to begin, responding to the forecasted significant population growth for the area.

“After extensive consultation carried out with head teachers in the town, Houldsworth Valley was identified as the prime location for this expansion. The expansion has been approved and we’re currently awaiting planning approval for the site. Once planning has been approved we can gain access to the site and begin works.

“We’re hopeful that the expansion will be complete for September this year.”

Last year,the county council earmarked £4 million to expand primary schools including in Newmarket, Mildenhall and Red