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SALFORD PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO DOUBLE IN SIZE IN £14.5MILLION EXPANSION
 

Star date: 4th February 2016

BRENTNALL, THE DEANS, ST LUKES AND LOWER KERSAL PRIMARY TO DOUBLE IN SIZE – CHARLESTOWN TO RE-OPEN

A massive expansion of Salford's primary schools is to happen, with Brentnall, The Deans and Lower Kersal doubling in size, St Luke's trebling in size and Charlestown Primary to re-open after its controversial closure a few years ago. Cassel Fox and Larkhill are to get another 210 places each, Holy Cross another 105 places, and the Clifton Centre is to be demolished and re-built on the same site.

The huge expansion programme is to cost a massive £14.5million but Salford City Council has managed to get developers to stump up just £17,000 from the Section 106 `kiddie bedroom tax'.

Full details here...


Charlestown Primary Schools Parents Protest Against Closure
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Salford primary schools are set to be expanded in a £14.5million programme designed to cope with what the Council calls `migration and pupil yield from new housing'.

*Brentnall Community Primary School is set to be extended with the construction of a new block with an increase from 210 to 420 pupils by September 2017.

* Broughton Jewish Cassel Fox Academy is to be extended from 420 to 630 pupils by September this year.

*Charlestown Primary School could re-open in September this year, after its controversial closure seven years ago*.

* Clifton Centre Pupil Referral Unit Key Stage 3 and 4 are to be demolished and re-built on the same site.

*The Deans Community Primary School is to be relocated on part of the former St
Ambrose Barlow site, increasing pupil places from 210 to 420 by September 2017.

* Holy Cross with All Saints RC Primary School is to increase capacity from 315 to 420 pupils

* Larkhill Community Primary is to expand from 420 to 630 pupils by September 2017

* Lower Kersal Community Primary School is to expand into the former nursery and children's centre, doubling pupil places from 210 to 420.

* St Luke's C of E Primary School is to have its new build expanded by 210 places creating a 630 place school.

Of the £14.5million cost for the expansion programme, the Council has only £10.7million, leaving a shortfall of £3.8million, creating massive pressure on education budgets.

In 2013, Salford Council introduced the Education Contributions SPDchristened the `Kiddie Bedroom Tax' by the Salford Star (see here) – under which developers of new houses would pay under Section 106 planning fees to help ease the growing primary school places crisis which at that time predicted that 4,500 new places would be needed by 2018/19.

This would be £1,008 per new two bedroom house; £2,016 per three bedroom house; £3,024 per four bedroom house and £4,033 per five bedroom house. A Salford Council report stated that if a developer "fails to make appropriate provision…this would justify the refusal of planning permission"...

...However, as the Salford Star has documented, many developers have avoided paying the `education contributions', using the same `viability' get-out that they use to evade paying planning fees (over £20million in total and counting) and supplying affordable housing (over 1,000 properties and counting) – ie that their profits won't be high enough if they had to cough up.

Indeed, this latest Council report on the primary school expansion reveals that "officers have been working closely with regeneration colleagues in identifying S106 monies for future education planning gain from qualifying housing development. To date only £17,000 actual funds have been received..."



*The report states that a "High level study is being undertaken to identify a central space that could be linked to an existing school to accommodate new families that move into the area. Charlestown has been identified as the most central location and available to meet the needs...". It adds that if Charlestown fits the bill, it will be open for the 2016/17 academic year.


* See previous Salford Star articles – The Salford Star Told You So – click here and Salford Primary Schools Mess – click here

Anders Brok wrote
at 18:31:07 on 17 February 2016
Some desicions have finally been posted on the council website. Still no real indication if Charlestown will reopen but a friend has just taken a look at the programme of works and he thinks the wording could suggest that Charlestown is being considered to 'accomodate families moving into the area' could this mean they're considering using it as housing? Why is it so difficult to get straight answers from the council? anybody got any inside contacts?!!
 
Salford Star wrote
at 09:34:56 on 12 February 2016
See Anders comment below...They still haven't bothered posting any decision on this on the Council website so we'll have to wait until the next Cabinet meeting to see the minutes. Of course we could just ask Salford Council but they haven't spoken to the Salford Star for three years!
 
Salford Star wrote
at 15:29:15 on 10 February 2016
See Anders comment below...The decision won't go up until midnight tonight. As soon as we find out will post on here. Cheers.
 
Anders Brok wrote
at 15:26:13 on 10 February 2016
Was a desicion reached on whether Charlestown school will reopen? I think it was due to be decided at today's cabinet meeting.
 
Julie wrote
at 13:07:11 on 10 February 2016
when was the recent "baby boom"
 
Gareth L wrote
at 15:41:07 on 05 February 2016
The question is with all this forced expansion is how will this effect teaching and learning in our city's schools? Is English as a second language going to become a problem impacting upon all in a class? Are the children going to have the same opportunities? As in other areas where this is not a problem?
 
Gillian Bradbury wrote
at 15:41:01 on 05 February 2016
North Grecian Street should of been kept open ..it was a huge school that could accommodate many children...it soon opened back up as a school for Jewish girls so why did we have to lose it ...
 
joe oneill wrote
at 21:15:47 on 04 February 2016
The concerns where raised at committee by the Liberal Democrats. Two Members spent weeks arguing a case against closure and downsizing. Labour control and Labour don't listen but sadly I say again when you create a one party state this is the result. Out and out failure.
 
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