New Classrooms for Park Hill Infants School
30/04/2013......Posted by Vidhi Mohan
Park Hill Infants School is one of Croydon’s best performing primary schools, having consistently been rated ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED. Over the last few years the staff have coped admirably in dealing with a bulge class of 120 children, and with the permanent expansion of the school from 2 to 3 forms of entry. The Council has supported the expansion by proving the infrastructure required to cater to the additional children.
Many years ago (and I forget how many!), 2 temporary hutted rooms were provided to the school, which were used for out of classroom activities like music and computer lessons. With the expansion of the school, these 2 structures were converted to regular classrooms. However, what were installed as temporary structures were being used well beyond their sell-by date, and the facilities in them were not upto acceptable standards. The Council allocated funds for the replacement of these hutted classrooms, and works were expected to be completed in summer 2012. Unfortunately due to issues with the planning process, these works could not be undertaken.
In January this year, parents and carers of the school signed a petition urging the Council to replace these old classrooms as a matter of urgency. The petition was presented by Cllr Sue Winborn, to the Cabinet Member responsible for Schools, Cllr Tim Pollard. A reply to the petition was provided by Cllr Pollard at the last Council meeting on 22nd April.
We were pleased to read that Cllr Pollard agreed that the structures had to be replaced with permanent classrooms, and informed us that a planning application had been submitted, and that the Council was on course to carry out the works during the summer break this year. This point was reiterated in a reply to an oral question from Cllr Winborn. This is excellent news for the children of Park Hill Infants School, who will soon enjoy the use of 2 brand new, modern classrooms.