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Tynwald backing sought for enabling works for new school 5 December 2008

THE Department of Education is seeking Tynwald’s permission to begin preparing the way for the construction of a new St Ninian’s Lower School at Bemahague, Onchan.

At the December sitting, Education Minister Anne Craine MHK will ask Tynwald to support the expenditure of £433,000 on the first stage of the project, which involves on and off-site enabling works.

The Department plans to close the St Ninian’s Lower School building in Park Road, Douglas, and relocate all of St Ninian’s Key Stage 3 pupils – Years 7 and 8, who are at Park Road and Year 9, currently at the Upper School – to the new St Ninian’s Lower School at Bemahague.

St Ninian’s Upper School would be preserved for students in Years 10 to 13 (Key Stage 4) and post-16 students. The new school would have a capacity of 800 places, with core facilities for 1,100 to aid future expansion.

The Minister explained:

‘At this month’s Tynwald sitting, the Department is seeking approval to proceed with the enabling phase, to remove hedgerows on the site and undertake off-site works.’

The Department plans to bring the main scheme to Tynwald in July 2009.

‘Subject to achieving this timetable and gaining Tynwald approval, the new school is programmed for completion by July 2012, to enable operation from the start of the 2012/13 academic year,’ the Minister said.
‘Earlier completion of the external sports facilities will be sought, where possible, to enable utilisation by the Eastern schools and the community.’
The Minister explained that Park Road School, built in 1898, is no longer deemed acceptable as a learning environment for the 21st century. ‘The nature of the existing building and the site constraints mean that it is neither cost-effective nor possible to fully address the issue and this is why the Department wishes to close the site and transfer the school to a new facility at Bemahague,’ she said.
She said: ‘The transfer of Year 9 from St Ninian’s Upper School to the new Bemahague School will enable Key Stage 3 to be brought together within a common teaching environment.
‘The scheme will also relieve the existing pressures on St Ninian’s Upper School and Ballakermeen High School and enable an improvement in the teaching environment across the Eastern catchment area.’

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