Woolston free school win appeal against no to building plans

Warrington Guardian: Pupils at King's Leadership Academy Pupils at King's Leadership Academy

A BITTER three year row over the setting up a free school in Woolston looks to be over after Warrington Borough Council’s stance to oppose it was overturned.


Bosses at King’s Leadership Academy have won an appeal, meaning it is now free to pursue plans to build the new school, for 11 to 18-year-olds, on Hillock Lane.


Sir Iain Hall, who leads the team behind the school, said: “I always believed that our parents would get their new school. I am sorry that it has taken so long to jump over all of the hurdles but the wait will be worth it.


“The time has now come to put the past behind us and work with all parties in giving Warrington another excellent high school.


“I would like to thank the excellent team who have stayed with us throughout the planning application and all parents for the tremendous support they have shown.”


Warrington Borough Council turned down the planning application in July last year, despite recommendations from planning officers to approve it.


The council said the appeal process had incurred no extra cost, and staff involved were covered by usual salaries.


A spokesman said: “Although the inspector agreed that the council had substantiated its reasons for refusal of this application, the appeal has been allowed.


“The applicant applied for an award of costs against the council but this was dismissed.”


Bosses at King’s had hoped to open in September before plans were delayed by the council’s decision.


It is anticipated building work at Hillock Lane will be completed by July next year.


The school, currently based in temporary classrooms on Seymour Drive in Bruche, was first proposed in April 2011.


It was opposed by the Town Hall on the basis Woolston does not need a high school.


The council then accused the Department for Education of ‘bullying’ it into accepting an earlier planning application.


Parents and supporters hit back, claiming positive feedback left on the council’s planning website was omitted from formal documents.


Now approved, King’s is expected to feature an all weather sports pitch, 75 parking spaces, classrooms, library, kitchen, offices, gym, toilets, 80 bike spaces, and sports hall.


It will aim to take 120 pupils per year, with a capacity of 840, with 64 teachers and 32 non-teaching staff.

 

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2:58pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Nick Tessla says...

When do they get their first OFSTED inspection or take their first lot of external exams?
When do they get their first OFSTED inspection or take their first lot of external exams? Nick Tessla

3:19pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Stevie19 says...

OFSTED inspection has taken place.. Just waiting for the report to be released by OFSTED...
OFSTED inspection has taken place.. Just waiting for the report to be released by OFSTED... Stevie19

3:44pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Mick17 says...

Nick Tessla wrote:
When do they get their first OFSTED inspection or take their first lot of external exams?
There has recently been an OFSTED inspection. I think a question you really have to ask is, why is there such support for the school from parents of both incumbent children and prospective pupils? I would hazad a guess that people are just not happy with the alternative options?
[quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: When do they get their first OFSTED inspection or take their first lot of external exams?[/p][/quote]There has recently been an OFSTED inspection. I think a question you really have to ask is, why is there such support for the school from parents of both incumbent children and prospective pupils? I would hazad a guess that people are just not happy with the alternative options? Mick17

4:08pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Nick Tessla says...

Mick17 wrote:
Nick Tessla wrote:
When do they get their first OFSTED inspection or take their first lot of external exams?
There has recently been an OFSTED inspection. I think a question you really have to ask is, why is there such support for the school from parents of both incumbent children and prospective pupils? I would hazad a guess that people are just not happy with the alternative options?
Or just sulking about Woolston being closed.
[quote][p][bold]Mick17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: When do they get their first OFSTED inspection or take their first lot of external exams?[/p][/quote]There has recently been an OFSTED inspection. I think a question you really have to ask is, why is there such support for the school from parents of both incumbent children and prospective pupils? I would hazad a guess that people are just not happy with the alternative options?[/p][/quote]Or just sulking about Woolston being closed. Nick Tessla

4:19pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Mick17 says...

Nick Tessla wrote:
Mick17 wrote:
Nick Tessla wrote:
When do they get their first OFSTED inspection or take their first lot of external exams?
There has recently been an OFSTED inspection. I think a question you really have to ask is, why is there such support for the school from parents of both incumbent children and prospective pupils? I would hazad a guess that people are just not happy with the alternative options?
Or just sulking about Woolston being closed.
That seems a rather strange thing to say. I'm not sure parents would be that childish?
[quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mick17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: When do they get their first OFSTED inspection or take their first lot of external exams?[/p][/quote]There has recently been an OFSTED inspection. I think a question you really have to ask is, why is there such support for the school from parents of both incumbent children and prospective pupils? I would hazad a guess that people are just not happy with the alternative options?[/p][/quote]Or just sulking about Woolston being closed.[/p][/quote]That seems a rather strange thing to say. I'm not sure parents would be that childish? Mick17

4:40pm Thu 13 Feb 14

tizman says...

About time Woolston needs a high school
About time Woolston needs a high school tizman

5:02pm Thu 13 Feb 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

Mick17 wrote:
Nick Tessla wrote:
Mick17 wrote:
Nick Tessla wrote:
When do they get their first OFSTED inspection or take their first lot of external exams?
There has recently been an OFSTED inspection. I think a question you really have to ask is, why is there such support for the school from parents of both incumbent children and prospective pupils? I would hazad a guess that people are just not happy with the alternative options?
Or just sulking about Woolston being closed.
That seems a rather strange thing to say. I'm not sure parents would be that childish?
Hang on a minuet what about my missing fence panel does no one care or what?
Still Grumpy
[quote][p][bold]Mick17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mick17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: When do they get their first OFSTED inspection or take their first lot of external exams?[/p][/quote]There has recently been an OFSTED inspection. I think a question you really have to ask is, why is there such support for the school from parents of both incumbent children and prospective pupils? I would hazad a guess that people are just not happy with the alternative options?[/p][/quote]Or just sulking about Woolston being closed.[/p][/quote]That seems a rather strange thing to say. I'm not sure parents would be that childish?[/p][/quote]Hang on a minuet what about my missing fence panel does no one care or what? Still Grumpy GRUMPY PARENT

5:23pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Nick Tessla says...

Mick17 wrote:
Nick Tessla wrote:
Mick17 wrote:
Nick Tessla wrote:
When do they get their first OFSTED inspection or take their first lot of external exams?
There has recently been an OFSTED inspection. I think a question you really have to ask is, why is there such support for the school from parents of both incumbent children and prospective pupils? I would hazad a guess that people are just not happy with the alternative options?
Or just sulking about Woolston being closed.
That seems a rather strange thing to say. I'm not sure parents would be that childish?
You would hope so but I've heard them talk about their reasons.
[quote][p][bold]Mick17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mick17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: When do they get their first OFSTED inspection or take their first lot of external exams?[/p][/quote]There has recently been an OFSTED inspection. I think a question you really have to ask is, why is there such support for the school from parents of both incumbent children and prospective pupils? I would hazad a guess that people are just not happy with the alternative options?[/p][/quote]Or just sulking about Woolston being closed.[/p][/quote]That seems a rather strange thing to say. I'm not sure parents would be that childish?[/p][/quote]You would hope so but I've heard them talk about their reasons. Nick Tessla

8:59am Thu 20 Feb 14

Paul6645 says...

I had one son attend Lysander and the other is at Kings, I know which is the best,I just wish kings was set up earlier. Great school with a great OFSTED result.
I had one son attend Lysander and the other is at Kings, I know which is the best,I just wish kings was set up earlier. Great school with a great OFSTED result. Paul6645

9:05am Thu 20 Feb 14

Paul6645 says...

I had one son attend Lysander high school and the other attends Kings,I know which is the best choice now. I just wish kings was set up earlier, great school with a great OFSTED report.
I had one son attend Lysander high school and the other attends Kings,I know which is the best choice now. I just wish kings was set up earlier, great school with a great OFSTED report. Paul6645

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