Cirencester primary school could move to meet rising demand

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A Gloucestershire primary school could move to a new site in a bid to meet rising demand for places.

The county council says the move is necessary with more houses being built in Cirencester and the Kingshill development growing.

It feels the best solution would be for Watermoor Primary School to move to eastern Cirencester in 2014 at the earliest.

The council is looking to use developer funding to build the new school.

'Good progress'

Gloucestershire County Council says it has approached the school to see if it would consider moving to land currently owned by Cirencester Town Council.

In April 2010, the school was placed into special measures. Regulator Ofsted said it needed to improve maths progress and use assessments better.

The school has since been inspected three times and was judged good enough to come out of special measures, with a grading of "good" at the last inspection.

The plans would see it expand to provide up to seven classes and accommodate up to 210 children. The existing school has about 100 children.

The council said the proposed new site would have a new building with better facilities.

The school's governors are holding an open afternoon for parents to give their views at 14:00 GMT on Friday.

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