Jumpers and St Catherine's Hill Community Information



Twyhnam Primary School is now open see website

Work begins on new Marsh Lane primary school in Christchurch - March 2017

Planning Permission 8/15/0665 Location plan of Proposed Traffic Management Features

MP 'in despair' as new primary school gets go-ahead

Planning for school provision in Christchurch - Chris Chope addressing parliament 2nd March 2016

Christchurch 'greenbelt school' approved by council - BBC News February 18th 2016

New primary school gets go-ahead for green belt despite hundreds of objections - Daily Echo

Christchurch School Action Group's letter to Christopher Chope MP - 6th January 2016

Christopher Chope MP's letter to the Secretary of State - 2nd January 2016

WCRA submission in support of school planning application   8/15/0665  - 6th December 2015

Archaeological investigations at the proposed site of the new Marsh Lane School - November 2015

These pictures have been submitted by a local resident for information (opens in a new window)

        Marsh lane site

The views expressed are those of the resident and do not necessarily reflect the views of WCRA

Councillor Robert Gould's reply plus WCRA Comment
Letter to Robert Gould leader of DCC following Public Consultation 3rd July
DCC role as LEA in Planning process
Alternative Site Review
Meeting notes 24th Feb 2015
Potential Road Problems
Christchurch Infants School Map showing Catchment Area
    - The green hatched area is the Christchurch Infants School catchment area (inside the red line)

Letter and Site Plan sent to residents of Marsh Lane November 2014

WCRA meeting held 30th October 2014 at St Catherines Community Hall


If you weren't able to get to the meeting you can hear what Jackie Groves from DCC Children's Services had to say about the proposed new school on the WCRA YouTube channel  or   View on your mobile phone

- Extract from DCC Quarterly Asset Management Report - July 2014

As regards the preferred Marsh Lane site for a new (Basic Needs) primary school, a letter has gone from the County Council's Chief Executive to SEMBCORP (owner of the land) requesting Director level dialogue over the potential purchase by the County Council of part of the site, leaving the remainder available for SEMBCORP's operational use.

Dorset Property and Children's Services are continuing to work together to find alternative temporary solutions to the expected rise in pupil numbers. An additional mobile is being provided at Christchurch Infants School this summer, and discussions are on-going with Twynham Academy to explore using some of their potentially surplus mobiles in the following year if it becomes necessary. One longer term solution under consideration is to bring forward the Mudeford Basic Needs project.

        school site
Land behind houses where Bronte Avenue meets Marsh Lane in Christchurch
Daily Echo 26th October

Christchurch Primary School, Christchurch - 'Commit to Invest'

Due to rising school numbers a new primary school is required to be operational in Christchurch, as part of the 'Basic Need' programme, by September 2015.
The only appropriate site has been identified, but because of delays in the resolution of Christchurch Borough Council's Core Planning Strategy it is only now that negotiations for its purchase have commenced.


       Christchurch Schools Action Group - 29th August

        Twynham primary            Dr Fish

     Original Proposals for six extra classrooms at Twynham

School Places in West Christchurch - June 2013

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