In the middle of August I wrote on Bramcote Today about Paul Heery, the Executive Head of The White Hills Park Federation, attending the Bramcote CAT Meeting on 7 September. I invited readers to send in questions about the school development plans. A number of you responded and sent in questions. This is what I emailed to Paul Heery:
I see that White Hills Park Federation is listed on the Agenda for the CAT Meeting next Monday and I have been led to believe that you will be speaking at the Meeting presumably to give an update on progress towards the redevelopment of Bramcote Schools.
A little while ago I asked readers of Bramcote Today the questions that they had in mind regarding the redevelopment. The obvious questions are what have you done so far, what have you still to do and what are the timescales to achieve the redevelopment of the school under current financial constraints? Some other more specific questions came in and these are listed below:
Why did you not look at redeveloping the school when the economy was booming or wait until it is to look again?
Who owns the land that might be sold to fund the school redevelopment?
Is it actually possible to sell this land to fund the school redevelopment and do you have the agreement of the owner to do this?
What public consultations are you planning beyond coming along to CAT Meetings?
Has the Secretary of State for Education given her approval to the disposal of the school playing fields?
Has the Highways Authority approved access for vehicles from the proposed site onto Coventry Lane?
Has Broxtowe’s Planning Department given indicative approval for your plans for the location of the new housing development particularly as the land in question is green belt which the Conservative Council has pledged to defend?
How do you intend to resolve the latest OFSTED report to ensure significant improvement within the very short timescale?
Does OFSTED have a view on your proposals for the new school redevelopment?
Do you have enough capacity within the school management to fix the OFSTED report and redevelop the school at the same time?
What is your ambition for exam success once the redeveloped school begins operation? Can you quantify this?
Are you in discussions with other schools to ensure that best practice is utilised about addressing the issues in the OFSTED report?
Are you in discussions with other schools who have carried out major rebuilding projects to ensure that having a “new” building also means having significant improvement in school performance?
Have you carried out a SWOT analysis for the redevelopment project and is it available?
Will you now rule out any question of the land by the Primary School (that which contains the running track) ever being sold for development?
Will you confirm that public access to this land will be permitted at all times?
What will happen in 30 years or so when you decide on more work/repairs are require. Sell some more land to fund it?
The topics raised by the questions seem to be the current school’s performance and its effect on the plans, financing the proposals, planning (in terms of local authority approval), consultation with the local community and what might the local community expect in addition to new school buildings. I trust you will be dealing with these issues.
I look forward to an interesting meeting.
Bramcote Hills Community Association
Paul has written back to say he will be at the meeting and I trust he will be in a position to answer the questions.