New schools plan to go on display in Marston

A masterplan to redevelop the Harlow Centre site in Marston will be on display at two public drop-in sessions on 2nd and 6th November.

The plans will see the delivery of The Swan School, as well as a new state-of-the-art building for Meadowbrook College and new outdoor sports and play facilities for St Nicholas' Primary School.

Oxfordshire County Council has identified a significant shortage of secondary school places in Oxford from the year 2019. To address this shortage, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has allocated funding to provide a new state secondary school for the city, The Swan School, with the Harlow Centre identified as the only suitable site to deliver the school.

The masterplan for the site is being prepared by Galliford Try, who are working with the ESFA, The River Learning Trust (RLT), Meadowbrook College and St Nicholas' Primary School to submit a planning application later in 2017. If planning permission is granted, this should enable The Swan School to open in 2019 in time to address the projected shortage of places.

Graham Wilson, Senior Design Manager at Galliford Try, said:

"We are working on a masterplan not only
to enable the delivery of much-needed secondary school places to address demand, but also to provide a brand-new building for Meadowbrook College which already operates at the site, and new sports and play facilities for St Nicholas' Primary School. We want to speak with local residents about the proposals before we submit our planning application, to hear their views on the plans and answer any questions they might have.”

A joint statement released by the three schools and ESFA said:

“We are committed to working together to deliver a masterplan that will deliver improved school facilities and choice for young people in Oxford. We look forward to working together, and with our parents, students and local community, to ensure that the transition period is managed well as we deliver a scheme that will benefit all in the wider community and secure future educational provision for Oxford's young people.”

The drop-in events will take place at St Nicholas' Primary School, Raymund Road, Marston over two days, with drop-in events on Thursday 2nd November from 5pm to 8pm and Monday 6th November, 5pm to 8pm. This will provide local residents with an opportunity to view the plans and speak to members of the design team, as well as representative from the three schools. The masterplan engagement events for the three schools are entirely separate from the “Section 10” consultation currently being carried out by the River Learning Trust, which relates specifically to the operation of The Swan School.

Mr Wilson added:

“We are conscious that some residents
have questions about the potential impact on local roads. We have worked hard to address these points in our masterplan and look forward to discussing the proposals further with residents at the drop-in events.”

Information on display at the drop-in events will be made available online at www.marstonschools.com from Thursday 2nd November. Visitors to the website will also be given the opportunity to submit their feedback online.

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