School’s new site shaping up well

School’s new site  shaping up well

School’s new site shaping up well

First published in News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , @BerenCross

TIMBERS will be in place at the temporary home of Tadpole Farm Primary Academy, in Redhouse, by the end of this week and headteacher Jane Leo is buoyed by the progress being made.

The building, which will be known as Redhouse Community Centre, has begun to take shape, just four weeks after contractors Willmott Dixon arrived on site.

Jane, who currently has 27 pupils due to start reception at the academy in September and a further 12 children lined up for the nursery, said the progress was necessary to reassure parents.

“I spoke with the site manager and it’s looking as though they are slightly ahead of schedule. Timbers are going in this week, and after just one month on site I would say that’s amazing,” she said.

“Willmott Dixon is doing an incredible job. It will be up and ready in time and it looks a really exciting place to be.

“It is tailored to being a school for the short term and will be handed back to the community as a community building in the future.

“We currently have a list of 27 ready to start in September, but I have had e-mails from several other parents who aren’t quite where they need to be.

“If we can get to 40 by the time we open, I will be well chuffed. It’s tough because you are asking people to buy into something that isn’t there yet.”

The academy will be able to accommodate 60 reception and 52 nursery children at full capacity from September.

Jane said they are after more parents to come forward and enrol their children with the nursery.

“If we can get to half of the 52 we can accommodate in the nursery that would give us a full morning session, with the afternoon session free,” she said.

The centre is being built in Frankel Avenue, a stone’s throw from Isambard Community School, and is being funded by Swindon Council with Section 106 money.

The initial designs for the centre were created to cater for a 20-place playgroup, which will be used as the nursery space for the academy when it moves in.

The other section of the centre will form one large room, which will house the two reception classes planned for September.

It is likely the centre will remain the academy’s home until Easter 2015, when the permanent home at Tadpole Farm is finished.

Willmott Dixon, the contractor due to create the permanent building too, is due on site in June when Crest Nicholson finish installing services at the site. A logo for the new school and colour for the uniform will be decided at a meeting of parents already signed up to the school next Friday.

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9:25am Thu 8 May 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

So I wonder why they can build this building from scratch before September but couldn't build the actual school? Doesn't make a lot of sense...
So I wonder why they can build this building from scratch before September but couldn't build the actual school? Doesn't make a lot of sense... The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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11:06am Thu 8 May 14

BCDR99 says...

And how have they been unable to build a proper access road to the site as they were originally instructed to do so, so are still using Tadpole Lane? It can't be that hard to put a temporary road in from the A419 can it?

The whole reason for starting this early was to get the school open in time. It's amazing how quickly after starting that they realised they would be unable to achieve this.

Once again, Swindon Council get rolled over by a developer. I'm not against new houses, infrastructure and development and certainly not against private enterprise but the whole point of the planning department is to ensure it is done to the best interests of the town and its current residents not to the sole benefit of the pockets of the developers and their shareholders.
And how have they been unable to build a proper access road to the site as they were originally instructed to do so, so are still using Tadpole Lane? It can't be that hard to put a temporary road in from the A419 can it? The whole reason for starting this early was to get the school open in time. It's amazing how quickly after starting that they realised they would be unable to achieve this. Once again, Swindon Council get rolled over by a developer. I'm not against new houses, infrastructure and development and certainly not against private enterprise but the whole point of the planning department is to ensure it is done to the best interests of the town and its current residents not to the sole benefit of the pockets of the developers and their shareholders. BCDR99
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11:07am Thu 8 May 14

BCDR99 says...

Oh, and where's the pub going that was being promised when we bought a house in the area 10 years ago?
Oh, and where's the pub going that was being promised when we bought a house in the area 10 years ago? BCDR99
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