Burnham Copse Primary School wants to build two new classrooms

Tadley school wants to expand

Tadley school wants to expand

First published in News Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A TADLEY school is looking to expand after submitting a planning application for an extension to an existing building.

Hampshire County Council has submitted a planning application for a new single-storey, two-classroom extension following the demolition of an old dentist’s surgery within the school grounds at Burnham Copse Primary School.

The plan also proposes 15 new car parking spaces for the development, and if approved, construction work would begin in August. The proposed hours of construction are 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and 8.30am to noon on Saturday.

The extension would also create four new full-time jobs and two part-time jobs.

The application, submitted to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, says: “The number of pre-school children within the Burnham Copse Primary School catchment area has increased in recent years, resulting in an increased demand for Year R places.

“A review of school organisation took place locally, and it was felt necessary to provide additional places at the school to reflect the increasing demand.”

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1:34pm Tue 8 Apr 14

JJ38JJ says...

If two new classrooms are planned and yet four full-time and two part-time staff are being taken on then surely the staff to pupil ratio will increase. I'd be pleased with those stats if I was the headteacher.
If two new classrooms are planned and yet four full-time and two part-time staff are being taken on then surely the staff to pupil ratio will increase. I'd be pleased with those stats if I was the headteacher. JJ38JJ
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1:46pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Buster Preciation says...

JJ38JJ wrote:
If two new classrooms are planned and yet four full-time and two part-time staff are being taken on then surely the staff to pupil ratio will increase. I'd be pleased with those stats if I was the headteacher.
It's the nature of the teaching profession. Complain that there is not enough room and too much workload. Then complain that two new classrooms and six new members of staff are planned. You can't win.
[quote][p][bold]JJ38JJ[/bold] wrote: If two new classrooms are planned and yet four full-time and two part-time staff are being taken on then surely the staff to pupil ratio will increase. I'd be pleased with those stats if I was the headteacher.[/p][/quote]It's the nature of the teaching profession. Complain that there is not enough room and too much workload. Then complain that two new classrooms and six new members of staff are planned. You can't win. Buster Preciation
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1:51pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Buster Preciation says...

Where's the first comment gone?
Where's the first comment gone? Buster Preciation
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7:31pm Tue 8 Apr 14

cllrsmw says...

Regarding the story on the expansion of Burnham Copse Primary School.

It is not so much that Burnham Copse Primary School wants to expand but it is being forced to expand in order to absorb the influx of children to the area as a result of the new housing development of 115 homes at the Boundary Hall site. Despite the planning permission for these homes being granted over 2 years ago (against my objection to it), it seems that Hampshire County Council has only just realised that some of the people moving into these new homes might have children - surprise surprise!

Furthermore, in my opinion Burnham Copse Primary School is already suffering as the headteacher Mrs Lyn Downes continues to struggle to increase performance standards and it is unfair to put this pressure on her and the staff when I believe that she is already finding it hard to cope with the current size of the school. This is also unfair to the parents and pupils who deserve good quality education in a stable environment. Adding more pupils to Burnham Copse Primary School is simply going to add to the problems.

I proposed that all of the local schools in Tadley should be allowed to take a share of the increased demand for places and spread the load. There was already an issue with school places before the new housing development and I have on a few occasions taken calls from parents in tears because they lived in Tadley and could get a place for their child anywhere locally.

So this is a bad situation for Burnham Copse, the pupils, the staff and the parents and I would urge Hampshire County Council to rethink.

Cllr Stephen West
Tadley Central - UKIP
Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council
Regarding the story on the expansion of Burnham Copse Primary School. It is not so much that Burnham Copse Primary School wants to expand but it is being forced to expand in order to absorb the influx of children to the area as a result of the new housing development of 115 homes at the Boundary Hall site. Despite the planning permission for these homes being granted over 2 years ago (against my objection to it), it seems that Hampshire County Council has only just realised that some of the people moving into these new homes might have children - surprise surprise! Furthermore, in my opinion Burnham Copse Primary School is already suffering as the headteacher Mrs Lyn Downes continues to struggle to increase performance standards and it is unfair to put this pressure on her and the staff when I believe that she is already finding it hard to cope with the current size of the school. This is also unfair to the parents and pupils who deserve good quality education in a stable environment. Adding more pupils to Burnham Copse Primary School is simply going to add to the problems. I proposed that all of the local schools in Tadley should be allowed to take a share of the increased demand for places and spread the load. There was already an issue with school places before the new housing development and I have on a few occasions taken calls from parents in tears because they lived in Tadley and could get a place for their child anywhere locally. So this is a bad situation for Burnham Copse, the pupils, the staff and the parents and I would urge Hampshire County Council to rethink. Cllr Stephen West Tadley Central - UKIP Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council cllrsmw
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7:34pm Tue 8 Apr 14

cllrsmw says...

Buster Preciation wrote:
Where's the first comment gone?
That was my comment. Sorry it seems to have disappeared but I have posted it again below.
[quote][p][bold]Buster Preciation[/bold] wrote: Where's the first comment gone?[/p][/quote]That was my comment. Sorry it seems to have disappeared but I have posted it again below. cllrsmw
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8:19pm Tue 8 Apr 14

cllrsmw says...

cllrsmw wrote:
Regarding the story on the expansion of Burnham Copse Primary School. It is not so much that Burnham Copse Primary School wants to expand but it is being forced to expand in order to absorb the influx of children to the area as a result of the new housing development of 115 homes at the Boundary Hall site. Despite the planning permission for these homes being granted over 2 years ago (against my objection to it), it seems that Hampshire County Council has only just realised that some of the people moving into these new homes might have children - surprise surprise! Furthermore, in my opinion Burnham Copse Primary School is already suffering as the headteacher Mrs Lyn Downes continues to struggle to increase performance standards and it is unfair to put this pressure on her and the staff when I believe that she is already finding it hard to cope with the current size of the school. This is also unfair to the parents and pupils who deserve good quality education in a stable environment. Adding more pupils to Burnham Copse Primary School is simply going to add to the problems. I proposed that all of the local schools in Tadley should be allowed to take a share of the increased demand for places and spread the load. There was already an issue with school places before the new housing development and I have on a few occasions taken calls from parents in tears because they lived in Tadley and could get a place for their child anywhere locally. So this is a bad situation for Burnham Copse, the pupils, the staff and the parents and I would urge Hampshire County Council to rethink. Cllr Stephen West Tadley Central - UKIP Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council
Just as a correction, I said "I have on a few occasions taken calls from parents in tears because they lived in Tadley and could get a place for their child anywhere locally." when I intended to say "I have on a few occasions taken calls from parents in tears because they lived in Tadley and could NOT get a place for their child anywhere locally."

Apoligies.
[quote][p][bold]cllrsmw[/bold] wrote: Regarding the story on the expansion of Burnham Copse Primary School. It is not so much that Burnham Copse Primary School wants to expand but it is being forced to expand in order to absorb the influx of children to the area as a result of the new housing development of 115 homes at the Boundary Hall site. Despite the planning permission for these homes being granted over 2 years ago (against my objection to it), it seems that Hampshire County Council has only just realised that some of the people moving into these new homes might have children - surprise surprise! Furthermore, in my opinion Burnham Copse Primary School is already suffering as the headteacher Mrs Lyn Downes continues to struggle to increase performance standards and it is unfair to put this pressure on her and the staff when I believe that she is already finding it hard to cope with the current size of the school. This is also unfair to the parents and pupils who deserve good quality education in a stable environment. Adding more pupils to Burnham Copse Primary School is simply going to add to the problems. I proposed that all of the local schools in Tadley should be allowed to take a share of the increased demand for places and spread the load. There was already an issue with school places before the new housing development and I have on a few occasions taken calls from parents in tears because they lived in Tadley and could get a place for their child anywhere locally. So this is a bad situation for Burnham Copse, the pupils, the staff and the parents and I would urge Hampshire County Council to rethink. Cllr Stephen West Tadley Central - UKIP Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council[/p][/quote]Just as a correction, I said "I have on a few occasions taken calls from parents in tears because they lived in Tadley and could get a place for their child anywhere locally." when I intended to say "I have on a few occasions taken calls from parents in tears because they lived in Tadley and could NOT get a place for their child anywhere locally." Apoligies. cllrsmw
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