Warwick school you can start at seven and leave aged 19

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Planning consent has been given for the £2.7 million extension to Aylesford School in Warwick, to make it one of the first combined secondary and primary schools in the UK.

As reported in the Courier last month, the 750-strong comprehensive expects to gradually expand to cater for 1,000 pupils by 2021.

And on December 2nd, parents of the first intake of prospective reception class children are being invited to drop in to see the site and inspect a model of the extension.

Head teacher Steve Hall will be happy to welcome visitors and their children between 6pm and 7.30pm. And he says even those considering the school for the future are also invited to go along.

Mr Hall said building work was planning to begin in December with the first of seven classrooms ready by next September.

He added: “We are delighted planning permission has been approved. The work to reach this stage - from a standing start in February this year - has been considerable.

“This work has been a testament to all those involved in ensuring the supply of primary places in the area meets demand.

“We are very excited by the development and it will bring many opportunities for collaboration, cross-phase projects and training, together with state of the art facilities for children and teachers.

The school is designated as an academy and funding for the project has come from the Government’s Education Funding Agency.

It now means a child could begin education at Aylesford at the age of four, and remain at the school until they left the sixth form, aged 19.