Pri­mary school plan for uni build­ing

Wilmslow Express - - NEWS - Beth Ab­bit

APRI­MARY school looks set to take over a for­mer uni­ver­sity build­ing as part of a ma­jor ex­pan­sion.

Bosses at Beaver Road School in Dids­bury hope to get the green light to build a new school at the for­mer Manch­ester Metropoli­tan Uni­ver­sity (MMU) halls of res­i­dence in the sub­urb.

Coun­cil bosses are due to meet with Beaver Road Academy Trust in July to an­nounce a de­ci­sion over the site.

If agreed, the empty build­ing will be knocked down and re­placed with a new state-of-the-art pri­mary school due to open in Septem­ber 2017.

Beaver Road head­teacher David How said the cur­rent school was in ur­gent need of ex­pan­sion af­ter hun­dreds of chil­dren missed out on a place there ear­lier this month.

He is ‘very hope­ful’ Manch­ester City Coun­cil will grant per­mis­sion for the devel­op­ment.

He said: “We find out in July. This school is vastly over­sub­scribed. This year we had 350 ap­pli­ca­tions for 90 places so there’s a de­mand. We can’t ex­pand on this school site, it’s too tight.

“This school will be ex­panded by two forms of en­try, so there will be 60 more places per year group cre­ated on the Broom­field site. The in­ten­tion is that Beaver Road will move from three forms of en­try to five forms of en­try so there will be 150 chil­dren in each year group. It will be run as a sep­a­rate or­gan­i­sa­tion with a head of school over there.”

The 85-year-old pri­mary cur­rently has 700 pupils and has re­cently un­der- gone ren­o­va­tion work. If per­mis­sion is granted, plan­ning work for Beaver Road’s sec­ond site could begin as early as Septem­ber with enrolment start­ing in Septem­ber 2016.

Nine teach­ers and staff would teach re­cep­tion and nurs­ery classes ini­tially with the school grow­ing year on year un­til it can ac­com­mo­date 420 more chil­dren.

The PJ Livesey Group re­cently sub­mit­ted plans to build 19 apart­ments and 12 houses on the for­mer MMU cam­pus on Wilm­slow Road.

Mr How said both de­vel­op­ments would meet the needs of Dids­bury’s young fam­i­lies. He said: “Dids­bury has be­come a very young com­mu­nity with so many more young fam­i­lies mov­ing in. There is def­i­nitely a need. The MMU site is due to have 100 homes built there, too, which is bound to at­tract more fam­i­lies. It’s like a re­gen­er­a­tion of the com­mu­nity. It’s an ex­cit­ing time but a big chal­lenge.”

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