Pupils at new Bournemouth primary school to spend first year in temporary classrooms (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Pupils at new Avonwood primary school to spend first year in temporary classrooms
PUPILS at a brand new Bournemouth primary school will spend their first year in temporary classrooms.
Avonwood will open its doors to 60 reception aged children in September.
But a permanent building will not be in place until 2015.
Planning permission has been secured for two temporary classrooms and offices to accommodate the first intake at the school, on the same site as Avonbourne and Harewood Colleges.
A full planning application for a new £6 million school for up to 420 children has been submitted and it will be in place for the 2015 intake if permission is granted.
Executive headteacher of the Avonbourne Trust, Debbie Godfrey-Phaure, said: “When we heard of the urgent need to provide more primary places for our local children, we knew we wanted to help.
“Avonwood Primary will help realise our vision of preserving the wonder of childhood through providing an inspiring place of education for our youngest members in the local community.
“We are very excited and proud of what we will be offering, and the temporary classrooms will provide excellent facilities for our first intake of children this September.
“The plans we have submitted for the permanent school building will provide state-of-the-art education facilities and amenities for the youngest members of our community to enjoy for generations to come.”
The proposed permanent building will be located away from the southern boundary of the site after concerns were raised by residents.
It will have its own entrance off Newlands Road and opening and closing times for the secondary and primary schools will be staggered.
More than 60 car parking spaces will be provided and there will be a drop-off point for parents.
Work on the permanent building, if given planning permission, would begin in September this year.
The planning application for the permanent school building can be viewed at Bournemouth.gov.uk
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