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Originally posted by Malc London Malc London wrote:

One problem is that if you build 200 houses, you need to allow parking for 500 cars at least, and I bet that's not in the plans.
 
High Density building also causes friction, so you can expect a lot more anti-social behaviour.
 
People wonder how 1968/69 was allowed to happen in the village and the construction of that eyesore called the Precinct. People will be asking the same thing over this development in years to come.
 
It's profit at all costs, and to hell with the community that's left picking up the pieces.
 
Not sure why Watsy thinks the buyers will be younger people. I suspect many will be established families moving in from other areas, probably renting from housing associations who will snap up the development. UNLESS, Chiltern do what Hillingdon did recently, and say that you had to be a resident in the borough for 10 years and a first time buyer in order to buy the property. But I can't see the developers agreeing to that, especially since they already have the green light from Chiltern District Council.
 
 
 
 
Again, I can't see what is wrong with that. We need a lot more social housing in the area. Far too much of it was sold off during the eighties and nineties, which means that the younger generations have to leave the village.
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It should be social housing, with priority given to local people with proven local ties, and when i mean local, i mean not importing people over from slough.
stop HS2.
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Originally posted by Bobblehead Bobblehead wrote:



Robertswood, I'm not sure. I went to look around it this year while making choices for my daughter and it felt like it was bursting at the seams too, although not to quite the same extent as the academy. Two 'classrooms' were actually marquees. I do think despite this both the village schools are excellent and it's a credit to the staff that they can operate in such tough conditions.

Please get your facts straight - two 'classrooms' at Robertswood are not marquees. Every class has a full classroom.  There are two gazebo-type/marquee structures in an outdoor 'shared area' which are used as *additional* teaching space to the existing classrooms - to allow teaching assistants to take out small groups of children for small group work - a real bonus. They are using an uncovered area and by putting up these structures they are simply extending their use to all weathers.

When you looked round you will have also noticed that between every set of four classrooms is also a large, fully resourced, indoor shared teaching area - meaning that at all points during the day small group work with targeted groups of children is possible - everything from additional reading with parent volunteers to specific ability-level subject teaching. 

When we moved to Robertswood from my children's previous London school we were amazed at how much more space they have. And that's before I even mention the playgrounds and enormous field.
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Sorry Ladycakes didn't mean to offend. As I said in my post I think both schools are excellent. However we are saying the same thing, I didn't say that there was a class without a traditional classroom, just that two classrooms or if you prefer, two teaching areas, are outside in marquees, the shared fully resourced additional teaching area's are great too but also part of the corridor/gaps between the classrooms. In an ideal world neither of these facilities would be in 'temporary' structures/areas. The Academy is busting at the seams too, I'm really not comparing one school unfavourably with another, I think they are both excellent but neither can cope with an influx of hundreds of new kids, potentially, which was the meaning of my comment. I agree the schools have many fantastic benefits and are run by dedicated and caring staff and we are very lucky to have them.
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Robertswood has four hundred and twenty pupils, there are two classes per year group, which means, if you take out the thirty-plus nursery places, that makes an average of about twenty-seven pupils per class, hardly bursting at the seams. Then you also have to include Saint Joseph's and Gerrards Cross CofE. Also, don't forget, some of the new residents will be taking advantage of all of the private schools in the area. Saint Joseph's has three hundred and ffity eight, take out the twenty pre-school places and you are left with an average of about twenty-six per calss. So, our schools are hardly "bursting the seams."
 

Although I am not sure about the numbers at Gerrards Cross, I am led to believe that they are struggling to compete with all the private prep-schools in the area and are under threat, with falling intake.



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Well there are some spaces left at Robertswood and St Josephs for reception, the others inc. CSP Infants and CofE Gerrards Cross are over subscribed and have waiting lists (I know people on the waiting lists). The CofE Gerrards Cross has a waiting list every year. The max class size is 30 (I believe they can go up to 34 under certain circumstances legally) certainly for the first 3 years, so even if we take your rough estimates of class sizes of 27 doesn't leave a huge number of spaces in the village and certainly not enough for 200 houses with the current catchments, as someones else has said maybe they could be re-drawn. I'm really not anti the area being developed but I just want us all to have suitable local services, old residents and new!
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I know for a fact that Gerrards Cross has fewer than four hundred pupils. Giving us an average of twenty-eight per class (capacity for key stage two being thirty-two). So, no there is not a waiting list, as such. Their admissions criteria means that they can hold back places, waiting for children who fit the desired profile of their admittance. If no one fits that desired profile, they open the admittance to the next step down. So, for example, they will open the intake to the principle criteria to seventy per cent (I have no idea whether that is the actual percentage), if there are not enough of them applying, they will cast their net wider. But they will wait untilt the last minute to decide to open the intake to wider applications.

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Well fingers crossed you're right. I'll let you know after 30th August when they'll find out.....
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Well, I know, for last year's years two and three, they were so undersubscribed, they were panicking about their future. Perhaps, as a result of this, they have relaxed their admission criteria to accept non-CofE children.
 
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I almost forgot about Chalfont Saint Giles Junior and Jordans Infant Schools (if I had, I would have been in serious trouble Wink). For the last few years, they have also been severely undersubscribed; the last three year sixes, at Saint Giles, have been an average of twenty-four pupils per class and Jordans, which has a capacity for eighty-four, struggles to get fifty-five (a really nice school and perfect for children who would struggle in a bigger placement).


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