New £6.8m junior school approved for former Fourways site in Poole

Approved: the new £6.8m junior school for Poole

Approved: the new £6.8m junior school for Poole

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THE green light has been given to Poole’s new £6.8million junior school.

Poole planners have approved proposals for Ocean Academy to be built on the former Fourways site at Constitution Hill Road.

The McAvoy Group’s application was approved by Borough of Poole’s planning committee for a 360 place school for seven to 11 year-olds, helping meet the need for Key Stage 2 places in central Poole.

Plans for the school, to be sponsored by the Aspirations Academies Trust, were put on display to local residents and parents and their views were taken into account.

Building work will now begin on the L-shaped two-storey building with a long teaching block and smaller block parallel to the road containing the sports and dining hall and kitchen.

There will be a full sized rugby pitch on the eastern boundary and a multi-use games area. The new school is due to take its first intake of pupils in September 2015.

Cllr Phil Eades, chairman of the planning committee, Borough of Poole, said: "Members of the planning committee approved this application with conditions.

“There is a need for additional junior school places in Poole and we were happy to support this proposal. We now look forward to seeing the new school taking shape.”

Councillor Janet Walton, portfolio holder for children, young people and families said: “This decision is another milestone in the provision of a new school for Poole and is central to our Borough-wide strategy to meet the demand for Key Stage 2 school places.”

The approved proposals include outdoor learning and play spaces, sheltered storage for bicycles and scooters and car parking for staff and visitors.

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5:38pm Fri 18 Jul 14

BigAlfromsunnyBournemouth says...

Is that where the children live though?

No use having a school there if the children are somewhere else.
Is that where the children live though? No use having a school there if the children are somewhere else. BigAlfromsunnyBournemouth
  • Score: 2

6:24pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Yoowee says...

No mention of the inevitable congestion on this busy bus route caused by the 100s of brat wagons picking up kids who are incapable of walking to school...
No mention of the inevitable congestion on this busy bus route caused by the 100s of brat wagons picking up kids who are incapable of walking to school... Yoowee
  • Score: -1

6:27pm Fri 18 Jul 14

High Treason says...

Another school run by big business for profit.
Another school run by big business for profit. High Treason
  • Score: 11

9:27pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Old Colonial says...

High Treason wrote:
Another school run by big business for profit.
Yes, but it neatly absolves the local authority of direct responsibility for its operation or success. And remember, responsibility is an anathema to civil servants. But recent cases around the country have shown that these decisions can come back to bite them.
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: Another school run by big business for profit.[/p][/quote]Yes, but it neatly absolves the local authority of direct responsibility for its operation or success. And remember, responsibility is an anathema to civil servants. But recent cases around the country have shown that these decisions can come back to bite them. Old Colonial
  • Score: 3

9:46pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Daisy 11 says...

Has anyone thought about the traffic congestion, plus the parking right by the busy roundabout...totally impractical place to site a school
Has anyone thought about the traffic congestion, plus the parking right by the busy roundabout...totally impractical place to site a school Daisy 11
  • Score: 10

11:26pm Fri 18 Jul 14

catlady73 says...

Surely this goes against the education authority plans to create a two tier education system in Poole, the same as it is in Bournemouth? Common sense should prevail in finding a more suitable space to build a new 'primary' school that will not only accommodate the key stage 2 children as mentioned in this story, but also plan ahead for the recent increasing birth rate of the area.
Surely this goes against the education authority plans to create a two tier education system in Poole, the same as it is in Bournemouth? Common sense should prevail in finding a more suitable space to build a new 'primary' school that will not only accommodate the key stage 2 children as mentioned in this story, but also plan ahead for the recent increasing birth rate of the area. catlady73
  • Score: 2

11:49pm Fri 18 Jul 14

60plus says...

They could use the old police station for the senior school and if the pupils get out of hand they could use the cells.
They could use the old police station for the senior school and if the pupils get out of hand they could use the cells. 60plus
  • Score: 5

7:48am Sat 19 Jul 14

Lucy28 says...

Where would you put it then? The area in Poole with the need for extra primary places is in the area currently catchment for Baden Powell so lower Parkstone and Sandbanks area. If it shouldn't go on the old four ways site where should it go?
Where would you put it then? The area in Poole with the need for extra primary places is in the area currently catchment for Baden Powell so lower Parkstone and Sandbanks area. If it shouldn't go on the old four ways site where should it go? Lucy28
  • Score: 7

8:47am Sat 19 Jul 14

carrrob says...

Traffic at the bottom of constitution hill is horrendous already good luck if you have to drive this way in the morning useless brainless planning decision yet again desperate to spend the free school money .
Traffic at the bottom of constitution hill is horrendous already good luck if you have to drive this way in the morning useless brainless planning decision yet again desperate to spend the free school money . carrrob
  • Score: 2

10:19am Sat 19 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

Daisy 11 wrote:
Has anyone thought about the traffic congestion, plus the parking right by the busy roundabout...totally impractical place to site a school
Its ether that or use the land for the much needed traveller site so which would you prefer.............(
;o)
[quote][p][bold]Daisy 11[/bold] wrote: Has anyone thought about the traffic congestion, plus the parking right by the busy roundabout...totally impractical place to site a school[/p][/quote]Its ether that or use the land for the much needed traveller site so which would you prefer.............( ;o) burgerboy
  • Score: 3

3:31pm Sat 19 Jul 14

slugman says...

What about schools in Poole that are not full up?
What about schools in Poole that are not full up? slugman
  • Score: 2

12:45pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Ebb Tide says...

Daisy 11 wrote:
Has anyone thought about the traffic congestion, plus the parking right by the busy roundabout...totally impractical place to site a school
Yes. All such earlier expressions of concern seem to have been ignored.

Guess we have to monitor the accident rate before any extra measures are implemented. HSE examination of the designer's risk assessments will no doubt be required, in due course. Has the Planning Committee asked for sight of such risk appraisals one wonders.
[quote][p][bold]Daisy 11[/bold] wrote: Has anyone thought about the traffic congestion, plus the parking right by the busy roundabout...totally impractical place to site a school[/p][/quote]Yes. All such earlier expressions of concern seem to have been ignored. Guess we have to monitor the accident rate before any extra measures are implemented. HSE examination of the designer's risk assessments will no doubt be required, in due course. Has the Planning Committee asked for sight of such risk appraisals one wonders. Ebb Tide
  • Score: -2

12:48pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Ebb Tide says...

slugman wrote:
What about schools in Poole that are not full up?
Are there many places available ?
[quote][p][bold]slugman[/bold] wrote: What about schools in Poole that are not full up?[/p][/quote]Are there many places available ? Ebb Tide
  • Score: 1

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