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New plans for bilingual free school in Hove Park revealed

The Argus: New plans for bilingual free school in Hove Park revealed New plans for bilingual free school in Hove Park revealed

New plans to move a bilingual free school from Falmer to a site next to Hove Park in have been revealed.

The original proposals by developer Kier to move the Bilingual Primary School from its temporary home were withdrawn last September. Residents had complained about increased traffic and the visual impact of the building, which would be between the miniature railway and the Engineerium.

The amended plans were displayed at a public exhibition at Hove Rugby Football Club on Monday.

 


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Bilingual Primary School deputy head Laura O’Grady said: “I think it’s good to clarify misconceptions and to give the community an opportunity to speak to the planners so they can see how they’ve responded to the concerns.”

Jayne Lewis, 66, of Goldstone Crescent, said: “All they've done is reduce it from three storeys to two, which is what developers do. They put in plans for a great big thing, it gets rejected, then they reduce it so everyone thinks ‘Oh great, they’ve made it smaller’.”

The Brighton and Hove Society of Miniature Locomotive Engineers, which maintains the Hove Park miniature railway, was against the previous plans. But society member John Lynn, 66, of Sunninghill Avenue, said Kier had taken care of their original concerns about pedestrian access across their site.

He said: “It was going to be a shortcut for kids and parents, which would have affected our ability to operate, but they've done away with that.”

Bilingual Primary School opened in 2012 and is temporarily based at the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy, with 140 pupils aged four to seven years old. If the new site gets the go-ahead, that could rise to 630 pupils by 2023. All lessons except maths and literacy are taught in Spanish.

Results for both subjects at the early years foundation stage are well above the national average.

Personal trainer Emma Harwood, 35, of Osborne Villas, said: “I have a friend whose son goes there and she raves about it. If these plans go ahead it will influence where we move to. We’re willing to travel so our daughter can go there.”

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2:24pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Mum in Brighton says...

The new proposal is fantastic! The new plans have taken into account the original concerns of the local community and provide a really thoughtful, environmentally sound and fit for purpose home for what is already proving to be an outstanding school!.
The new proposal is fantastic! The new plans have taken into account the original concerns of the local community and provide a really thoughtful, environmentally sound and fit for purpose home for what is already proving to be an outstanding school!. Mum in Brighton
  • Score: 9

2:29pm Fri 28 Feb 14

pachallis says...

Forget public or council approval - has this proposal been signed off by "SaveHove"?
Forget public or council approval - has this proposal been signed off by "SaveHove"? pachallis
  • Score: 1

5:28pm Fri 28 Feb 14

BrightonGasMan says...

Some won't like it, regardless of what is proposed. I wonder how many who are opposed to the school are opposed to the local Co-Op bring taken over by Waitrose? I'm guessing that there will be even more traffic in the area seven days a week, evenings too. I hear that a large amount of opposition is due to fears of traffic congestion at the school gates. This despite the fact the BBPS parents already walk their children from a car park outside of BACA to the BBPS entrance. Depending on the child, this can take 5 to 20mins, more if they get destracted. At least that's what happens with my 7 year old. The site is not an area of pristine parkland. It was a depot for the Council Parks Dept and it has a massive supermarket and a block of offices as a backdrop. One final point, Hove Park, like all our city's parks are not just for those fortunate or wealthy enough to live there, but they're for all the residents of Brighton and Hove. Some of the arguments rehearsed in this paper seem mostly to be nimby-ism.
Some won't like it, regardless of what is proposed. I wonder how many who are opposed to the school are opposed to the local Co-Op bring taken over by Waitrose? I'm guessing that there will be even more traffic in the area seven days a week, evenings too. I hear that a large amount of opposition is due to fears of traffic congestion at the school gates. This despite the fact the BBPS parents already walk their children from a car park outside of BACA to the BBPS entrance. Depending on the child, this can take 5 to 20mins, more if they get destracted. At least that's what happens with my 7 year old. The site is not an area of pristine parkland. It was a depot for the Council Parks Dept and it has a massive supermarket and a block of offices as a backdrop. One final point, Hove Park, like all our city's parks are not just for those fortunate or wealthy enough to live there, but they're for all the residents of Brighton and Hove. Some of the arguments rehearsed in this paper seem mostly to be nimby-ism. BrightonGasMan
  • Score: 12

5:44pm Fri 28 Feb 14

jofoster1@me.com says...

The new proposal is fantastic, and all the changes that have been made have been made with the local residents in mind. What a wonderful opportunity the children of Brighton and Hove will have to be bilingual . Can I just make one correction to an earlier post : all lessons are taught in BOTH English and Spanish not just spanish and maths and literacy are taught in English .
The new proposal is fantastic, and all the changes that have been made have been made with the local residents in mind. What a wonderful opportunity the children of Brighton and Hove will have to be bilingual . Can I just make one correction to an earlier post : all lessons are taught in BOTH English and Spanish not just spanish and maths and literacy are taught in English . jofoster1@me.com
  • Score: 9

6:59pm Fri 28 Feb 14

twinglemum says...

The new plans really are sensitive to the concerns initially raised and have been addressed accordingly. This school provides an amazing national curriculum based education for children and also an opportunity for parents who are willing to embrace a new concept for the benefit of their children and their future. I sincerely hope that the people who currently so strongly oppose it's potential new home, begin to see the schools potential and embrace the relationship that can be built
The new plans really are sensitive to the concerns initially raised and have been addressed accordingly. This school provides an amazing national curriculum based education for children and also an opportunity for parents who are willing to embrace a new concept for the benefit of their children and their future. I sincerely hope that the people who currently so strongly oppose it's potential new home, begin to see the schools potential and embrace the relationship that can be built twinglemum
  • Score: 10

8:16pm Fri 28 Feb 14

kiddkoala says...

I think you need someone to understand what bilingual means - this needs correcting:

"All lessons except maths and literacy are taught in Spanish" to include "and English"
I think you need someone to understand what bilingual means - this needs correcting: "All lessons except maths and literacy are taught in Spanish" to include "and English" kiddkoala
  • Score: 3

11:15pm Fri 28 Feb 14

ourcoalition says...

"Fantastic"????? No, just another experiment with our children's education, and using our money.
"Fantastic"????? No, just another experiment with our children's education, and using our money. ourcoalition
  • Score: -15

7:43am Sat 1 Mar 14

kiddkoala says...

Sorry if my last comment was taken the wrong way I was trying to correct what was written in the article so that those not involved or aware of the facts have a better understanding.

If an experiment is something that takes the education of children out of the past generations approach to languages (3/4 years of basic language that only gets used for 'dos cerveza por favor') and into the same mindset as other countries the world over then sign me up! Add into the mix that the maths and literacy levels for 2013 exceed the national and local average then I feel pretty honoured to have been able to join this from the start. Do I feel I am putting my children's education at risk? No, I feel they would be at risk of falling into the 'English is the only language we need' thinking process that has been an embarrassment for this country for generations had they not been able to attend.
Sorry if my last comment was taken the wrong way I was trying to correct what was written in the article so that those not involved or aware of the facts have a better understanding. If an experiment is something that takes the education of children out of the past generations approach to languages (3/4 years of basic language that only gets used for 'dos cerveza por favor') and into the same mindset as other countries the world over then sign me up! Add into the mix that the maths and literacy levels for 2013 exceed the national and local average then I feel pretty honoured to have been able to join this from the start. Do I feel I am putting my children's education at risk? No, I feel they would be at risk of falling into the 'English is the only language we need' thinking process that has been an embarrassment for this country for generations had they not been able to attend. kiddkoala
  • Score: 8

10:31am Sun 2 Mar 14

Hove Actually says...

Or if you want your child educated in Spanish....move to Spain, sorted.
Or if you want your child educated in Spanish....move to Spain, sorted. Hove Actually
  • Score: -14

10:02pm Sun 2 Mar 14

CaribbeanQueen says...

Frankly, I just can't believe the levels of prejudice and ignorance I'm seen here. You should be happy your money is being used to raise the level of education in this country.
Frankly, I just can't believe the levels of prejudice and ignorance I'm seen here. You should be happy your money is being used to raise the level of education in this country. CaribbeanQueen
  • Score: 8

9:53pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Teacherdad says...

I find it really shocking that people in this day and age still fear what they don´t understand. The school, to date, has an exemplary record and yet some choose to put it down. Adding extra to our schools should only be met with admiration and positivity, not bigoted intolerance.
I find it really shocking that people in this day and age still fear what they don´t understand. The school, to date, has an exemplary record and yet some choose to put it down. Adding extra to our schools should only be met with admiration and positivity, not bigoted intolerance. Teacherdad
  • Score: 6

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