We have met with parents to share the current designs and layout of our new building. We held two meetings, the first @Eagleswell and the second @llanilltudfawr – both meetings proved successful as opportunities for parents to ask questions and raise any concerns.
The points discussed include: –
– Safety of children/adults during the construction phase, the delivery of materials to the site and the movement of machines and vehicles.
THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUS CONSIDERATIONS THAT NEED TO BE AT THE HEART OF OUR ORGANISATION AND DECISION MAKING GOING FORWARD.
– Access in and out of the school via small entrance gates that open directly onto a main road. How can we best ensure all, but particularly younger children are as safe as possible?
AGAIN, THIS NEEDS CAREFUL CONSIDERATION AND PLANNING ONCE WE HAVE COMPLETED THE PLANNING APPLICATION STAGE AND BEGIN TO ORGANISE THE LOGISTICS AND OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES.
– Where will parents and children congregate to drop off and collect children? (as the initial intended access point is narrow and open onto the main road).
THE CONTRACTORS HAVE AGREED TO CONSIDER HOW WE ARE BEST ABLE TO SUPPORT MAKING THIS AS SAFE AND AS EFFICIENT AS POSSIBLE.
– Where will staff park for the construction phase (YEAR 1)
– Can we ensure there is adequate cycling and scooter storage to encourage children to still cycle and scoot to and from school?
– Parents themselves said there was a job to be done to encourage all parents to not add to the already challenging traffic situations.
EVERYONE PRESENT AGREED
– Why are there doors between classes?
TO ALLOW THE NECESSARY FLEXIBILITY FOR LEARNING & TEACHING. THE CURRENT DIRECTION OF EDUCATION PRACTICE AND RESEARCH IDENTIFIES THE BENEFITS CHILDREN GET FROM BEING ABLE TO WORK AS A CLASS, WITHIN A GROUP, AS AN INDIVIDUAL AND AS PART OF LARGER GROUPS TOO. THIS WILL PROVIDE PRACTITIONERS WITH THE OPPORTUNITIES TO MAXIMISE THESE EXPERIENCES.
– Are the open plan boys & girls toilets going to cause problems?
THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A SIMILAR SET UP IN FOUNDATION PHASE PROVISION AND MANY KEY STAGE 2 & 3 PROVIDERS NOW OFFER THESE FACILITIES TOO. INITIAL FINDINGS SHOW THEM TO BE MORE HYGIENIC PLACES THAN SEPARATE TOILETS, INCREASED SOCIAL INTERACTION BETWEEN CHILDREN AND A REDUCTION IN ANY UNWANTED BEHAVIOUR.
– Is the hall big enough?
THE HALL IS THE REQUIRED STATUTORY SIZE FOR A TWO FORM ENTRY SCHOOL.
As you can see the contractors and Mr Golding responded to these questions and shared their experiences and reflections upon all of the above. There are concerns that need further consideration and are being discussed during the ongoing process of meetings between the Head teacher, Contractors, Local Authority and Welsh Government representatives.