Revealed: £1m plans to add three extra classes at Christchurch school

PROPOSAL: Burton Primary, School

LOSS: Judy Jamieson

First published in News by

MAJOR plans to increase pupil intake at a village primary school in Christchurch have been revealed.

Dorset County Council is planning to add an extra three classrooms at Burton Primary School, making it two forms per year group.

It is anticipated the project – expected to cost around £1million – will see an extra 150 pupils added to the school’s intake.

The move follows a rise in pupil numbers in the Christchurch area, and is one of “a number of extension projects” the local education authority is looking at.

A consultation took place at the Campbell Road-based school with parents and residents, which revealed a number of concerns including parking, access and the loss of open space.

Although the three new classrooms will be built on existing school land, part of the open space will be taken back to extend the playing field.

Previously the land had been considered for housing but consent has never been granted.

Paul Scothern, children’s services premises commissioning manager said: “We are aware that there are a lot of people unhappy about the loss of that space and we will look at what we can do to address that.”

He said they were also trying to increase staff parking space.

Chairman of Burton Parish Council, Judy Jamieson said: “The village would be saddened at the loss of this space which is part of our local amenity.

“We are also concerned about the proposed increase in the school numbers as it would appear there is no provision for car parking.”

The council has applied to Christchurch council – the local planning authority – to install a temporary classroom until the work is completed.

A full planning application is likely to be submitted by the end of June with a likely completion date of September 2015.

Talks will be unaffected

Work to build a new school in West Christchurch will remain unaffected by the separate plans for Burton school.

Talks with a land owner are continuing for the £6.7million school in the west of the borough, but Mr Scothern, said: “It is too early to say what timescales we will be working towards with the new school.”

Temporary classrooms at Christchurch Infants School, put in place to deal with extra pupils, will be in place until September 2015.

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8:44am Sun 25 May 14

billy bumble says...

No mention of the REAL reason then?

The Roeshot Hill and Burton Farm housing developements
No mention of the REAL reason then? The Roeshot Hill and Burton Farm housing developements billy bumble
  • Score: 9

9:21am Sun 25 May 14

skydriver says...

There is a dire shortage of school places in the area, and this councillor is worried about the open space disappearing , what planet is she from.
There is a dire shortage of school places in the area, and this councillor is worried about the open space disappearing , what planet is she from. skydriver
  • Score: -3

9:42am Sun 25 May 14

Tripod says...

skydriver wrote:
There is a dire shortage of school places in the area, and this councillor is worried about the open space disappearing , what planet is she from.
You need open spaces to help prevent flooding, as many people in this area found-out earlier this year.
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: There is a dire shortage of school places in the area, and this councillor is worried about the open space disappearing , what planet is she from.[/p][/quote]You need open spaces to help prevent flooding, as many people in this area found-out earlier this year. Tripod
  • Score: 7

1:35pm Sun 25 May 14

live-and-let-live says...

immigrant children must be educated.
immigrant children must be educated. live-and-let-live
  • Score: -1

5:00pm Sun 25 May 14

Mr MSP says...

Not sure how 3 extra classrooms equate to 150 extra pupils, surely this will be circa 90. Fair comments from billy bumble re the two developments.

The only time I see people using the field next to the school is for a dog toilet, most clean up but not all so hardly a local amenity
Not sure how 3 extra classrooms equate to 150 extra pupils, surely this will be circa 90. Fair comments from billy bumble re the two developments. The only time I see people using the field next to the school is for a dog toilet, most clean up but not all so hardly a local amenity Mr MSP
  • Score: 3

5:23pm Sun 25 May 14

Baysider says...

live-and-let-live wrote:
immigrant children must be educated.
I'm guessing your user name is an ironic twist on your UKIP inspired rubbish?
[quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: immigrant children must be educated.[/p][/quote]I'm guessing your user name is an ironic twist on your UKIP inspired rubbish? Baysider
  • Score: 0

6:13pm Sun 25 May 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

live-and-let-live wrote:
immigrant children must be educated.
Probably 3 new Polish teachers for them too
[quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: immigrant children must be educated.[/p][/quote]Probably 3 new Polish teachers for them too HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: -3

6:48pm Sun 25 May 14

skydriver says...

Tripod wrote:
skydriver wrote:
There is a dire shortage of school places in the area, and this councillor is worried about the open space disappearing , what planet is she from.
You need open spaces to help prevent flooding, as many people in this area found-out earlier this year.
You also need schools for our children, who are the future of this country.
[quote][p][bold]Tripod[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: There is a dire shortage of school places in the area, and this councillor is worried about the open space disappearing , what planet is she from.[/p][/quote]You need open spaces to help prevent flooding, as many people in this area found-out earlier this year.[/p][/quote]You also need schools for our children, who are the future of this country. skydriver
  • Score: 1

7:25pm Sun 25 May 14

we-shall-see says...

One million pounds to build what is effectively three rooms? Are the walls gold plated or something?!!!
One million pounds to build what is effectively three rooms? Are the walls gold plated or something?!!! we-shall-see
  • Score: 7

8:59am Mon 26 May 14

yet_another_one says...

we-shall-see wrote:
One million pounds to build what is effectively three rooms? Are the walls gold plated or something?!!!
The costs quoted is a joke - this is Christchurch, not Sandbanks. Are we talking about a luxury des res here or what ?
In answer to other comments - yes, we need to EDUCATE the younger generation, shame that video games et al take over eventually.
[quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: One million pounds to build what is effectively three rooms? Are the walls gold plated or something?!!![/p][/quote]The costs quoted is a joke - this is Christchurch, not Sandbanks. Are we talking about a luxury des res here or what ? In answer to other comments - yes, we need to EDUCATE the younger generation, shame that video games et al take over eventually. yet_another_one
  • Score: 1

12:21pm Mon 26 May 14

live-and-let-live says...

we-shall-see wrote:
One million pounds to build what is effectively three rooms? Are the walls gold plated or something?!!!
maybe some backhanders involved here? or is it against the pc laws to say that?
[quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: One million pounds to build what is effectively three rooms? Are the walls gold plated or something?!!![/p][/quote]maybe some backhanders involved here? or is it against the pc laws to say that? live-and-let-live
  • Score: 0

6:18pm Mon 26 May 14

Yankee1 says...

50 to a classroom?

I AM impressed...........
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50 to a classroom? I AM impressed........... .......... Yankee1
  • Score: 2

9:59pm Mon 26 May 14

purple elephant says...

Parking is bad enough already at drop off / pick up time. This needs addressing: unfair to dump extra cars on local residential streets..
Also, why is a school which has been poorly performing in recent years (OFSTED put it in special measures due to problems) been chosen for expansion? Especially as it feeds into the Grange senior school? Most parents are fighting over the feeder schools to Twynham or Highcliffe. That is where expansion is needed.
Parking is bad enough already at drop off / pick up time. This needs addressing: unfair to dump extra cars on local residential streets.. Also, why is a school which has been poorly performing in recent years (OFSTED put it in special measures due to problems) been chosen for expansion? Especially as it feeds into the Grange senior school? Most parents are fighting over the feeder schools to Twynham or Highcliffe. That is where expansion is needed. purple elephant
  • Score: -1

6:48am Tue 27 May 14

billy bumble says...

purple elephant wrote:
Parking is bad enough already at drop off / pick up time. This needs addressing: unfair to dump extra cars on local residential streets..
Also, why is a school which has been poorly performing in recent years (OFSTED put it in special measures due to problems) been chosen for expansion? Especially as it feeds into the Grange senior school? Most parents are fighting over the feeder schools to Twynham or Highcliffe. That is where expansion is needed.
The reason? - see the first post in this thread
[quote][p][bold]purple elephant[/bold] wrote: Parking is bad enough already at drop off / pick up time. This needs addressing: unfair to dump extra cars on local residential streets.. Also, why is a school which has been poorly performing in recent years (OFSTED put it in special measures due to problems) been chosen for expansion? Especially as it feeds into the Grange senior school? Most parents are fighting over the feeder schools to Twynham or Highcliffe. That is where expansion is needed.[/p][/quote]The reason? - see the first post in this thread billy bumble
  • Score: 1

3:05pm Sun 1 Jun 14

burton belle says...

try living in the road that leads to burton primary school. 11 cars parked are teachers cars in the road. the elderly folk who live there can,t park or visitors. try getting back to your property when you have been to the hospital or doctors. they should use the field they are taking for a car park
try living in the road that leads to burton primary school. 11 cars parked are teachers cars in the road. the elderly folk who live there can,t park or visitors. try getting back to your property when you have been to the hospital or doctors. they should use the field they are taking for a car park burton belle
  • Score: 1

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