Consultation over plan to speed up Old Town's Croft School intake

This Is Wiltshire: Coun Nadine Watts at the school while it was being built Coun Nadine Watts at the school while it was being built

A CONSULTATION looking to fast track the intake of pupils at Croft School has been launched.

The Old Town primary school was surrounded by controversy before it even opened its doors in September 2012.

It had planned to increase the amount of pupils year-on-year with an extra 60 students annually until it reached its full capacity of 420.

But an admissions consultation has been launched by the school looking at bringing forward the date for it to reach its full capacity to September 2015 – a year ahead of schedule.

Parents will be able to apply for places at the school from March, with people being told by April the next year if they have secured a space for their child.

But Old Town councillor Nadine Watts, said the school should stick to its original plan to help the local community.

“I will be writing to the White Horse Federation, that runs Croft Primary School, expressing my opposition to their proposal to intake pupils from all primary age groups from 2015,” said Coun Watts.

“I think the school should stick to the council’s commitment that the school opens on a phased basis, with year groups being added a year at a time.

“My particular concerns are that this could lead to the Croft area having significantly more traffic at the start and end of the school day than residents would have expected by that point.

“This could lead to a souring of relations between those who run the school and the community. It is already disappointing that the school didn’t think to speak to the local community before doing this.

“I spoke to the residents’ association about this on Monday and I would urge residents to write to the school expressing their views on the proposal.”

The headteacher was unavailable to comment yesterday.

A council spokesman said all of the highways mitigation required for the school operating at full capacity will be in place by September 2015. The consultation runs until January 29. Visit www.the whitehorse federation.org.uk/policies.php

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7:17am Sat 14 Dec 13

bampi says...

Got no money! Lets commission a consultation.....beg
gars belief!!!!!
Got no money! Lets commission a consultation.....beg gars belief!!!!! bampi

7:42am Sat 14 Dec 13

Ringer says...

Nadine Watts must surely be aware that 'the community' is really just Kareen Boyd and her mates and will whinge about anything and everything that's remotely mentioned about the Croft School.

Hell hath no fury like a woman who has the view from her front window slightly obscured.
Nadine Watts must surely be aware that 'the community' is really just Kareen Boyd and her mates and will whinge about anything and everything that's remotely mentioned about the Croft School. Hell hath no fury like a woman who has the view from her front window slightly obscured. Ringer

3:54pm Sat 14 Dec 13

trolley dolley says...

A council spokesman said all of the highways mitigation required for the school operating at full capacity will be in place by September 2015.

An admissions consultation has been launched by the school looking at bringing forward the date for it to reach its full capacity to September 2015.

What is Nadine Watts problem with this.!!

Traffic will not be a problem but convincing the local nimbys will always be a problem that no amount of consultation will solve.

So lets just get on with it.
A council spokesman said all of the highways mitigation required for the school operating at full capacity will be in place by September 2015. An admissions consultation has been launched by the school looking at bringing forward the date for it to reach its full capacity to September 2015. What is Nadine Watts problem with this.!! Traffic will not be a problem but convincing the local nimbys will always be a problem that no amount of consultation will solve. So lets just get on with it. trolley dolley

9:23am Sun 15 Dec 13

Empty Car Park says...

Consultation over plan to speed up Old Town's Croft School intake


If the school was built in the correct area, where a school was needed, there would be no problem with intake.

Swindon Borough Clownschool strikes again
[quote]Consultation over plan to speed up Old Town's Croft School intake[/quote] If the school was built in the correct area, where a school was needed, there would be no problem with intake. Swindon Borough Clownschool strikes again Empty Car Park

9:25am Sun 15 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

bampi wrote:
Got no money! Lets commission a consultation.....beg

gars belief!!!!!
Sounds just like the public sector to me, can't make a decision without 100 meetings first so they can blame someone else if it all goes wrong!
[quote][p][bold]bampi[/bold] wrote: Got no money! Lets commission a consultation.....beg gars belief!!!!![/p][/quote]Sounds just like the public sector to me, can't make a decision without 100 meetings first so they can blame someone else if it all goes wrong! house on the hill

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