School complex approved for incoming American families

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As the United States Air Force (USAF) prepares to double the number of personnel at RAF Croughton, South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) has approved plans for a school complex on the base.

In 2015 the USAF announced it would be consolidating three of its UK bases at Croughton with the number of personnel on site reaching 1,300 by 2022.

Education facilities currently on site are not adequate to deal with the influx of new families and the two storey school building will cater for up to 468 elementary, middle, and high school students and 60 full time members of staff.

Cllr Roger Clarke, SNC’s portfolio holder for planning and environment said: “This proposal is just a prelude to a huge expansion of personnel on the base.

“Some American families want their children to experience British life to its fullest extent and send their children to local schools.

“But it is only right that those who want to continuing learning under the American system, or those families only stationed at Croughton for a short time, have access to education facilities that are fit for the 21st century.”

The 14,082m2 school building will allow the existing primary school to be refurbished as offices and three outdated buildings will be demolished as part of the plans.