EXCITING TIMES: Pacific Coast Christian School principal Ben Krahe who is presiding over a doubling of the school cohort.
EXCITING TIMES: Pacific Coast Christian School principal Ben Krahe who is presiding over a doubling of the school cohort. Scott Powick

Private school set to double in size

A MAJOR expansion of Pacific Coast Christian School at Tweed Heads South will start within months driven by the growth in special needs students.

The State Government recently approved the Acacia St school's staged development application.

Currently, the eight year old school has approximately 350 students and 30 full time teachers.

The approved plan allows it to increase to 670 students and 47 staff members as well as stage one of the development including classrooms and car parking for an additional 40 students and three staff.

The independent Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) Chair, Garry West, which approved the plan said: "This proposal is a great idea as it creates new places for students as well as 17 new full-time jobs within the education sector."

Mr West said the decision was made after hearing stakeholder submissions and conducting a site inspection.

"A new performing arts centre is also being planned for which will benefit the local community," he said.

The development approval involves substantial upgrades to the intersection of Acacia St / Fraser Dr intersection mitigating traffic impacts as the school grows and the provision of a footpath along Acacia St.

Principal Ben Krahe said construction of the three additional learning spaces would start within months.

"A masterplan is in place that includes continual development of the current learning spaces as well as the site including, but not limited to, land and property purchased by the school last year on Fraser Dr," Mr Krahe said.

Last year the school launched Pacific Hope School, based within its grounds, catering to children with mild/moderate intellectual disability and those on the autism spectrum disorder.

"This year, in only its second year of operation, this school has tripled in student population and now has two classes, one each for junior and senior school," Mr Krahe said.



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