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Eldwick school expansion plans are outlined

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Eldwick school expanion plans are outlined Eldwick school expanion plans are outlined

Expansions at Eldwick Primary School to enable a 25 per cent increase in pupils have taken a step forward with plans for two “modular” classrooms submitted to Bradford planners.

The popular school is to increase its reception year intake from 60 children to 75 children in September.

Proposals for a two-classroom “modular building” have been submitted to Bradford Council.

Designed in keeping with the existing buildings, children will be able to study quietly away from any construction work.

Chairman of governors Anne-Marie Edwardes said: “These extra facilities in the new application will allow us to decant children from the main school while the building expansion work takes place.

“And that will enable us to continue to provide a constantly high quality of education while the improvements are taking place.”

She said that the timber-clad building on grass near the tennis courts would remain in use after the works had finished.

She said: “Our concern was that we got something fit for purpose and long term use. And In terms of the quality of its construction, it will provide a lot of education opportunities in the future.

“Last September we took in 60 pupils and this year we will be taking in two and a half forms – or 75 children.

“And to cope with that size of intake moving through the school, obviously we needed to expand.

“It’s a very busy time.”

Head teacher Janice Kershaw said: “We anticipate a high demand for places for reception in September 2014.

“This will to some extent be addressed by our expansion to an intake of 75 pupils into reception from that date.”

But with an early forecast for a dip in applications, Mrs Kershaw said she wanted parents to consider the previously over-subscribed school next year.

She said: “For September 2015, the numbers of births would suggest that demand would be lower, so obviously I am keen to encourage families to come and look round school and not to make the automatic assumption that we will be full for that year.”

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11:11am Tue 18 Mar 14

modman61 says...

This school should have been expanded years ago when all the new houses were built. But as usual Bradford Council were very shortsigjhted. It was always going to be oversubscribed.
This school should have been expanded years ago when all the new houses were built. But as usual Bradford Council were very shortsigjhted. It was always going to be oversubscribed. modman61
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4:45pm Tue 18 Mar 14

cockadoodledo says...

Why was the original Eldwick Primary school sold, another short sighted decision from our local councillors. The school up Warren Lane was originally Gilstead Middle school,now it's Eldwick Primary school, totally unfair that children of Gilstead living even 100 yards from the school are turned away because they are not included in the catchment area! Bring on the extensions and let the Gilstead kids have their places they should be entitled to!
Why was the original Eldwick Primary school sold, another short sighted decision from our local councillors. The school up Warren Lane was originally Gilstead Middle school,now it's Eldwick Primary school, totally unfair that children of Gilstead living even 100 yards from the school are turned away because they are not included in the catchment area! Bring on the extensions and let the Gilstead kids have their places they should be entitled to! cockadoodledo
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5:29pm Tue 18 Mar 14

awasteoftime says...

This should be good news so long as "local" kids can get into the school. At present the big problems besides the lack of spaces for local kids is the stupidity of parents who bring their kids by car and then "dump" the car to take them in. They don't bother about highway safety and speed to & from the school both AM & PM.
Most should be made to walk to the school it would be good for their health and the environment. As has been said above why did the Council close the original primary school in Eldwick especially when they knew about all the house building. Typical stupid Council decision making again.
This should be good news so long as "local" kids can get into the school. At present the big problems besides the lack of spaces for local kids is the stupidity of parents who bring their kids by car and then "dump" the car to take them in. They don't bother about highway safety and speed to & from the school both AM & PM. Most should be made to walk to the school it would be good for their health and the environment. As has been said above why did the Council close the original primary school in Eldwick especially when they knew about all the house building. Typical stupid Council decision making again. awasteoftime
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6:09pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Bone_idle18 says...

awasteoftime wrote:
This should be good news so long as "local" kids can get into the school. At present the big problems besides the lack of spaces for local kids is the stupidity of parents who bring their kids by car and then "dump" the car to take them in. They don't bother about highway safety and speed to & from the school both AM & PM.
Most should be made to walk to the school it would be good for their health and the environment. As has been said above why did the Council close the original primary school in Eldwick especially when they knew about all the house building. Typical stupid Council decision making again.
That sounds like a very familiar problem. Same parents would be first to complain should their child get hurt due to poor parking.
[quote][p][bold]awasteoftime[/bold] wrote: This should be good news so long as "local" kids can get into the school. At present the big problems besides the lack of spaces for local kids is the stupidity of parents who bring their kids by car and then "dump" the car to take them in. They don't bother about highway safety and speed to & from the school both AM & PM. Most should be made to walk to the school it would be good for their health and the environment. As has been said above why did the Council close the original primary school in Eldwick especially when they knew about all the house building. Typical stupid Council decision making again.[/p][/quote]That sounds like a very familiar problem. Same parents would be first to complain should their child get hurt due to poor parking. Bone_idle18
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