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Enlargement of the School - Consultation

Consultation on the proposal to enlarge Emsworth Primary School

Hampshire County Council would like to hear your views about the proposal to enlarge Emsworth Primary School. We are running a consultation from the 22 February until the 1 April 2016.

Why do you need to enlarge the school?

Throughout Hampshire the birth rate has risen in recent years which, has created a pressure on pupil places. This equally applies to the Emsworth area and has resulted in an increase in pupil numbers. Hampshire County Council anticipates that this level of demand will continue and therefore is proposing to enlarge Emsworth Primary School to meet this need.

What building works will be taking place?

The proposed building works will consist of an extension to the current school buildings together with some internal alterations. These works will provide the additional classrooms needed to meet the increase in pupil numbers. The building plans are being developed with the Headteacher and Governing Body. The current plans will not be available at this stage for viewing on the school website. It is planned that the building works will be completed by August 2018.

When will the building works start and how will you ensure the health and safety of pupils attending the school whilst the works are taking place?

It is planned that the building works to create the permanent facilities will commence in 2017 and be completed by August 2018. We will provide the school with further details as the design work for the project progresses so the school can keep you informed of progress and inform you of key dates. Health and safety of children, staff and visitors is paramount. The County Council works with construction partners who have significant experience of working on school sites. A detailed health and safety plan will be drawn up with the school to include items such as restricting delivery times for materials to avoid the beginning and end of the school day, maintaining safe access routes for pupils, staff and visitors etc.

What will be the impact on pupils within the school?

The school will continue to operate as normal during the building works. Everything will be done to minimise the impact on pupils learning and teaching but we do acknowledge there may be some disruption. The County Council is liaising fully with the Headteacher and Governors on the project to ensure that the planning for the building works runs as smoothly as  possible.

What about the impact on traffic due to the school taking more pupils?

The County Council appreciates that local residents will be concerned about potential traffic implications around the expansion of the school. By planning to create school places as close as possible to where children live we create the best chance for those children to make their way to school other than by car. A School Travel Plan is a document produced by the whole school community and any other interested parties. It looks at how children, staff and visitors travel to and from school, and sets out measures to;

Encourage and enable pupils, parents, guardians and staff to walk and cycle

to school.

  1. Encourage and provide educational programmes relating to child travel and

how this links to the environment, safety and health.

  1. Improve safety.

The School Travel Plan will be reviewed as part of the process associated with the enlargement of the school. There will be an opportunity to discuss potential impact on school travel issues, at the initial consultation and again at the pre-planning consultation which will happen later in the year.

Will the school receive additional funding due to the numbers increasing?

The funding of schools is based around the number of pupils on roll so as numbers increase so will the funding.

What happens after this consultation?

This consultation will run until 1 April 2016. Officers will then take into consideration all the consultation responses before deciding whether the proposal should continue to the formal publication stage. If so, a statutory Public Notice will be published, setting out Hampshire County Council’s intent to enlarge the school. It is anticipated that this will be published in April 2016. After the date of publication there will be a four week period in which any representations can be made. After the conclusion of this period the County Council will decide whether or not to proceed with the proposal. It is anticipated that a decision will be made in April 2016.

Will I have the opportunity to discuss the proposal and ask questions?

A drop-in session where you will be able to discuss the proposals with County Council officers is planned for 2 March 2016 from 3pm to 6pm at Emsworth Primary School.

If you are unable to attend this session and wish to make a comment then please write to Martin Shefferd, Strategic Development Officer, Children’s Services Department, EII Court North, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8UG or e-mail strategicplanningunit@hants.gov.uk by 1 April 2016.

How can my views be heard?

We will listen to views at the drop-in session. We will also consider all responses received via e-mail or letter. The closing date for responses is 1 April 2016.