Crunch delays new primary school buildingBy Lorna Catling
December 15, 2008
The opening date of a new school has been put back a year because of the slowdown in house-building on a new estate.
Persimmon, the main developer on Jennett’s Park, Bracknell, has stopped building at the Peacock Farm site and is six months behind schedule, members of Bracknell Forest Council’s education forum have been told.
The delayed building work means the developer will postpone giving the council a section 106 payment, due when a certain number of homes have been built.
The money will be used to pay for the construction of the school.
Paul Clark, an accountant at the council, said: “Persimmon’s latest forecast means there is likely to be a delay of one year in building the school, but that is a moveable post.
“It was always going to be a challenge to open the school in 2010, so this gives us more time to sort everything out.”
It is thought the school, which will feed pupils into Brakenhale Secondary School, will open in September 2011 at the earliest.
But the forum, which was held on Thursday, December 4, agreed to start a temporary governing body from next April.
But Councillor Ed Glasson, who is a governor at Meadow Vale Primary School, Priestwood, said the governing body will not have the same format as other schools because there are no parents or staff at the school – or, indeed, a school building.
Lesley Heale, director of social care and learning, said: “I take the concerns on board but we want people to participate in the development of this school and a delay in creating a governing body would cause more problems.”
The organisation running the school has not yet been announced after the council followed Government rules and put the option of running it out to tender.
The Oxford Diocese is the only body with a bid still left after the CfBT Education Trust pulled out.
The decision will be announced in the new year.