ST AGNES ACADEMY SCHOOL EXPANSION PROJECT UPDATE, FEBRUARY 2017
Our new, enlarged school hall is brilliant and is being used every day and many evenings for a variety of purposes. Staff members have been trained in the use of the new partition so that we can use the space as one or two rooms. Year 3 and 4 staff are now beginning to erect staging in preparation for their performance of ‘The Mousehole Cat’ at the end of the term.
Although the wet and windy weather created some challenges for the new classroom block, the project is on track for completion in mid-July. The framing system is up and the roof sheets have been installed. Builders have begun the superstructure masonry and internal partitions have commenced. Next, windows will be installed and the external walls of the top of the building will be rendered, the under floor heating system will be started and the plant room will be completed.
A group of interested parents, school and Trust staff and friends of the school met recently to begin to consider how we might develop our school grounds after the ‘big build’ is complete. We are now seeking the views of pupils, parents and staff and will soon have longer and shorter term plans to make exciting learning and playing spaces within our school grounds.
Safety and Security Matters
Following an initial consultation period, Cormac agreed to include parking constraints into the planning application for a school crossing. The Project Co-ordinators, Mace, are working with Cormac to revise the design prior to issuing this for public consultation.
We were advised by health and safety consultants to consider erecting security fencing along parts of the school perimeter, and recently submitted a proposal for planning approval. We sought the views of people who might be affected by this proposal and found that one or two neighbours of the school were not happy with this particular plan. The school wants to be a good neighbour and we have listened to people’s views. Accordingly, we have withdrawn this particular plan at this point and will review the issue of secure fencing in the future. We do think we’ll need a more robust perimeter than the existing fencing, but we want to find a solution that our neighbours are happy with.