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Cracking lack of school logic from council

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lyralalala Thu 21-May-20 18:17:32

Our village has a new high school. It was meant to open last year, but got delayed. Kids were meant to move in in Easter, but obviously haven't. It's a big school as it covers all the villages locally.

The new school was built on the playgrounds and playing fields of the old school. Then the old school is to be knocked down and that will become the new playing fields and playgrounds. It's been a bit of a pain for the kids for the last 18 months as they've had a tiny playground for months and have been going to other places for any outdoor sports.

Anyway, there's nothing wrong with the old school, it's just that there are so many houses being built it is bursting at the seams. It's a bit old-fashioned, but structurally sound.

It's so old fashioned there are four standalone buildings because when it was built boys and girls were schooled in their own buildings. When school leaving age went up another building was built to accommodate that, and at some point a sports block was constructed. The three main blocks have classrooms, a dining hall (two are used as assembly/exam halls now), toilets etc. Fully functioning individual buildings.

They've been using the old building for the childcare hub primarily because of the standalone buildings set up, but also because a lot of the equipment is still in the old buildings. The new school is very flowing and lots of open plan areas. The old school is ideal really for this whole social distancing thing we've got going on. Plus space is going to be at a premium everywhere because of smaller class sizes - in fact the council have warned that portakabin classrooms are highly likely to be needed - so two full size schools, especially when the primary school is basically next door so could, if needed, borrow some space, would be an excellent asset to have.

Are they delaying the demolition?

Of course not. It'll come down in the summer holidays as planned

lyralalala Thu 21-May-20 18:19:00

No idea why they can't just delay the demolition until the Christmas break - it was meant to be knocked down at the last Christmas break so not like delays are unheard of for this project.

reefedsail Thu 21-May-20 18:21:41

That does sound idiotic!

CoronaIsComing Thu 21-May-20 18:35:42


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