Schools

Over 80% of parents back amalgamation plan as Trafford Council calls meeting to discuss new Stamford Park school

By David Prior at

Trafford Council is to hold an extraordinary meeting to discuss plans to amalgamate Stamford Park Infant and Junior schools in Hale and build a new multi-million pound primary school building on the existing site.

The council’s Executive Committee is to meet on Monday August 19th at 6.30pm.

The adjoining Infant and Junior schools, which have been on Cedar Road in Hale since 1905, are home to over 500 pupils aged between three and 11.

The council is proposing to build a new three-form entry primary school – accommodating an extra 20 pupils per year group – on the existing school playing fields and then demolish the existing buildings to make way for a new playing field and car parking.

But while the Infant school is in favour of the plan, the Junior school is against it, and is instead wishing to convert to academy status.

Stamford Park Infant School is backing Trafford’s amalgmation plan

Trafford said that it had already had “informal discussions” with the governing bodies of both schools and had provided information about “timescales, school organisation, governance, finance and the design and building of a new school”.

An agenda published by the council ahead of next week’s meeting also revealed that in its recent informal public consultation, 82% of parents who submitted a verified response were in favour of the plans to build a new school, out of a total of 182 parents who responded.

In terms of other categories of verified respondents, 29% of local residents, 56% of school staff and 31% of other stakeholders were in favour.

Stamford Park Junior School has knocked back Trafford’s proposal

The council said it had also received 614 “minimal” responses apparently showing 94% of parents in disagreement with the plans, but said it was “highly likely that a person or persons have tried to influence the outcome of the informal survey by submitting duplicate blank surveys”.

The council is proposing a further informal consultation period, lasting six weeks, to begin next month.

At the end of this period, the council would consider the feedback and decide whether or not to proceed with the publication of statutory notices, giving all parties four weeks to submit representation to the proposal. At the end of this stage, the council would determine the outcome.