It’s yes to new Dolphin School

May 30 2014

NEW buildings for a primary school off Cheltenham Road have been given the go-ahead despite residents' concerns about traffic problems.

NEW buildings for a primary school off Cheltenham Road have been given the go-ahead despite residents' concerns about traffic problems.
The £6m development of The Dolphin School on the Fowler's Engineering site in Bath Buildings was approved by city councillors last month.
The decision will mean work can begin as soon as a legal agreement on road and pedestrian safety measures has been signed.
Colston's Girls' School Trust, which runs the school, said it would be working with planning and highways officers to resolve final details as soon as possible.
People living in the area have expressed concerns about traffic flows as a result of the Dolphin's expansion but the trust says most children live close by and will be encouraged to travel to school on foot, scooter or bike.
Bristol's South and East Development Control Committee (Planning) resolved to grant planning permission for a 420-place primary school, subject to a legal agreement being signed.
Erica Draisey, of CGS Trust, said after the committee meeting: “Naturally we are delighted with the outcome, as this decision should enable us to build a sustainable and innovative primary school in the heart of the city. Our priority now is to sign up to the legal agreement.
"Thereafter we intend to consult further with the local community over the provisions and management aims of the School Travel Plan, whose intention will be to introduce a range of measures to encourage pupils and their parents to walk, scooter or cycle to Dolphin School."
The Dolphin School opened in 2012 alongside Colston's Girls' School and has 90 pupils.
Some councillors and local people have criticised its catchment area, which was drawn up to meet the demand for places identified by the council at the time.
The trust is revising its admissions policy in 2015 to take account of changing needs. The Area of First Priority has been extended south of the school and the most northern extremity has been removed.
Mrs Draisey, who is executive principal of CGS, the Dolphin and Kingfisher schools, said 80 per cent of the children at the Dolphin live within a mile of the proposed new building. Forty-two per are from an ethnic minority background, making it an inclusive local school. Partnerships have been
forged with the local business community and the neighbouring health centre.
CGST has also been selected to sponsor another primary school in Fairlawn Road in the former Fairfield Grammar School.
The plans for the school include play areas and spaces for outdoor learning on the roof of the school, as well as a central courtyard playground. Children will enjoy woodland walks and will share the grass pitches and multi-use games area at the secondary school site.
The proposed buildings, three storeys high in places, are brick at the lower level and rendered above, and their design has strong green credentials.
The trust says that it has adapted its plans for the development after listening to the concerns of neighbours and parents.

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