Orchard Primary School expansion will not be ready for new school year, Hertfordshire County Council confirms

Watford Observer: School expansion will not be ready for new school year School expansion will not be ready for new school year

The planned permanent expansion of a north Watford primary school will not be ready by September, Hertfordshire County Council has confirmed.

The authority said temporary accommodation will be provided for new students at Orchard Primary School, which is due to take in an extra 30 pupils a year.

An application to build an extension on nearby fallow allotment land for the Gammons Lane school is still yet to come before Watford Borough Council’s development control committee.

A spokesman for the council said: "The proposed expansion of Orchard Primary School will provide the school with 10 new additional classrooms with associated group rooms and a new reception area to welcome parents and visitors.

"The building of the new classroom block will commence this year, subject to receiving town planning permission. We do not expect the project to be completed in full until 2015, but this will not delay the admission of additional pupils in September 2014.

"Appropriate accommodation on site will be provided for the additional children joining the school in September and this has been agreed with the Governing Body.

"In addition Hertfordshire County Council and Watford Borough Council have been working closely to ensure that the proposed expansion will use part of the former allotment land next to the school for the expansion to enable local children to have the required outdoor play space."

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5:10pm Thu 16 Jan 14

mummy_1 says...

The school already resembles a building site. The extra children over 2 years already have an effect on meetings, school productions, lunch sittings, sports day, and general free-play and freedom.

The children graduating from Y6 have not got the 'space' to grow in time for their Y7 experience.

I award a D- to whoever decided to press on with this project before gaining the permission needed. A wholly mess which can only have a negative influence on the school and the community in which it serves.
The school already resembles a building site. The extra children over 2 years already have an effect on meetings, school productions, lunch sittings, sports day, and general free-play and freedom. The children graduating from Y6 have not got the 'space' to grow in time for their Y7 experience. I award a D- to whoever decided to press on with this project before gaining the permission needed. A wholly mess which can only have a negative influence on the school and the community in which it serves. mummy_1
  • Score: 3

8:47pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Cuetip says...

mummy_1 wrote:
The school already resembles a building site. The extra children over 2 years already have an effect on meetings, school productions, lunch sittings, sports day, and general free-play and freedom.

The children graduating from Y6 have not got the 'space' to grow in time for their Y7 experience.

I award a D- to whoever decided to press on with this project before gaining the permission needed. A wholly mess which can only have a negative influence on the school and the community in which it serves.
This is what they absurdly call planning and even euphemistically in meetings call pupil progress.

Welcome to the future.
[quote][p][bold]mummy_1[/bold] wrote: The school already resembles a building site. The extra children over 2 years already have an effect on meetings, school productions, lunch sittings, sports day, and general free-play and freedom. The children graduating from Y6 have not got the 'space' to grow in time for their Y7 experience. I award a D- to whoever decided to press on with this project before gaining the permission needed. A wholly mess which can only have a negative influence on the school and the community in which it serves.[/p][/quote]This is what they absurdly call planning and even euphemistically in meetings call pupil progress. Welcome to the future. Cuetip
  • Score: 2

10:11pm Thu 16 Jan 14

mummy_1 says...

You have summed it up more eloquently than I could. On taking this decision the school is playing with he future of local kids.

The most recent OFSTED report and the position of Orchard Primary in the 'league tables' is a reflection of the oppressive direction this community school ix being pushed in. Too much listening to the select few outsiders. Too little listening to those within who can add long-tern tangible feedback and advise.
You have summed it up more eloquently than I could. On taking this decision the school is playing with he future of local kids. The most recent OFSTED report and the position of Orchard Primary in the 'league tables' is a reflection of the oppressive direction this community school ix being pushed in. Too much listening to the select few outsiders. Too little listening to those within who can add long-tern tangible feedback and advise. mummy_1
  • Score: 3

10:58am Fri 17 Jan 14

mummy_1 says...

I know I digress slightly but while all of this is still hanging over, the school Head is attending meeting after meeting with Governments, Governors, Local authorities, builders etc his eye is clearly off the ball with everyday issues and decision making

The school’s (disastrous) decisions to opt for a branded school uniform supplier half way around the country (no phone/web ordering and ONLY via the PTA once a month or every other month in term time only) is such a painful process it has forced many back to buying unbranded supermarket/high street.

The new school dinner supplier/menu, which is so unpopular it has sent so many of us back preparing home packed lunches.

On the scale of things, the above may not seem important but they are daily considerations to us parents and a little time from the Head to consult with us before making such sweeping changes or to give us the opportunity to offer some input would be appreciated
I know I digress slightly but while all of this is still hanging over, the school Head is attending meeting after meeting with Governments, Governors, Local authorities, builders etc his eye is clearly off the ball with everyday issues and decision making The school’s (disastrous) decisions to opt for a branded school uniform supplier half way around the country (no phone/web ordering and ONLY via the PTA once a month or every other month in term time only) is such a painful process it has forced many back to buying unbranded supermarket/high street. The new school dinner supplier/menu, which is so unpopular it has sent so many of us back preparing home packed lunches. On the scale of things, the above may not seem important but they are daily considerations to us parents and a little time from the Head to consult with us before making such sweeping changes or to give us the opportunity to offer some input would be appreciated mummy_1
  • Score: 2

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