Building Schools for the Future
Dear Parents / Carers
I am writing to you in relation to the £28million Building School for the Future programme, due to start in October 2010.
Dear Parents / Carers
I am writing to you in relation to the £28million Building School for the Future programme, due to start in October 2010. There has been a great deal of uncertainty concerning the project over the past year with no commitments made by the Conservative Party while in opposition, and now by the Coalition Government in power. However, it would appear that no official school capital spending decisions will be made until October. Financial ‘sign off’ is due in September. The likelihood therefore is that the building programme will go ahead, with pre-work starting in August.
The task of the Senior Leadership Team at the school will be to minimise disruption to learning during the building programme and ensuring the Health and Safety of teachers and learners. A Project Board made up of senior staff and governors will be meeting regularly during the building programme to manage the builders, as far as possible rather than they manage the school.
During the first year the playground at the front of the school will be out of use, as a large new teaching block is created, to take the place of the Pallotine Block. (This will result in the Modern Languages Department and 6th Form study being moved to behind the Newman Block after the October half term)
To partly compensate for the loss of the playground a smaller playground will be created in the area between the Library and the Newman Block. The closing off at the front of the school will not impact upon pedestrian’s entry and exit, as the entrance will be moved towards the parish centre; parking will be restricted however, with a significantly reduced number of spaces.
While there will be some unavoidable disruption during the building programme, there will be a transformed learning environment upon completion. We will have a school with world class facilities that will be used extensively by the local community as well as our own children and parents.
Parents were invited to see plans for the new school in May, when there appeared to be some uncertainty over the project moving forward. I would invite parents who may have concerns or questions to meet with me at 6pm in the School Hall on Tuesday 6th July 2010.
I look forward to seeing you then and thank you for your continued support.