School weighing up implications of deal
LEADERS at a Newquay school have met with staff to discuss its future, should a multimillion-pound sale of part of its land to Tesco be successful.
The board of governors at Newquay Tretherras Academy maintains the sale would be the only way to make the school "fit for purpose" for the next 50 years.
Under the proposals, a school field would be sold off to the supermarket giant giving the school enough money to carry out vital refurbishments and construct a new, modern building.
But the plans have been met with significant opposition by locals, who fear the move would take away a play area for children, cause traffic chaos in the area, and force owners of shops in nearby Chester Road out of business.
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A spokesman for the school said this week that the 'staff consultation workshop' had gone well with discussions focusing on "refurbishment of teaching spaces, arrangements of classrooms, canteen facilities, social spaces, recreational areas, access and service routes, support staff facilities, IT services and sports facilities".
Discussions revealed the modernisation of science laboratories, English and maths classrooms were still at the top of the essential list, he said. There was also support for a new community theatre on the site.
Andy Keast, director of finance and estate, said that the school was currently wasting a lot of money on repairs to its dated 1970s structure.
He said: "Refurbishing the infrastructure of the school will allow us to stop spending on continuous repairs and resolve longstanding maintenance issues. Recovering that spending will allow us to put more money towards the school's resources and facilities.
"We're not just looking at a cosmetic refurbishment of the school, we're looking at how we can best advance every facet of the whole school to provide a functional environment for the future."
The staff workshop follows a similar event for students in October last year. At the time it was made clear that a new school would need to address amenities, recreational spaces, canteen areas, and the heating and ventilation of classrooms.
Steve Dunn, former deputy head at the academy and part of the work project committee, said: "Higher standards are constantly being demanded of schools and education. We have to look at improving all aspects of school life, if we want to continue providing the best education for the students of Newquay."