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St John’s Catholic Primary School in Rochester Road, Gravesend, could expand to take on 210 extra pupils

By Lizzie Massey

A popular school could take on an extra 210 pupils.

St John’s Catholic Primary School in Rochester Road, Gravesend, has been asked by Kent County Council to consult with staff, parents and governors on the possibility of taking on one extra class of 30 children each year for the next seven years.

A meeting is taking place next week and if that is agreed, a planning application will be submitted for new buildings to accommodate the children.

St John's Catholic Primary School
St John's Catholic Primary School

Head teacher John Shields said: “The plan is in its infancy at the moment. More places need to be created for all the homes being built, but we also have to consider issues like the road.”

In 2013, Mr Shields spoke out about the “nightmare” road outside the school because of inconsiderate drivers, after a young boy was knocked down.

KCC looked at scope for 30 schools to expand but found only a third were suitable because of the space available and/or Ofsted ratings. St John’s is one of those.

It was last inspected by Ofsted in July 2014, when it was judged as good in all areas and outstanding in behaviour and safety.

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