Parents’ and town councillors’ ideas for Needham Market’s primary school will be investigated, the county’s cabinet member for education has promised.
Speaking after a two hour meeting about Bosmere Community Primary, organised by Needham’s Town Council, Lisa Chambers said: “We certainly don’t dismiss things the town council or the public put forward and we will look at the scenarios that came up.”
Town mayor Kay Oakes said she and parents were concerned at the lack of changing rooms. “Children mature earlier and are more concerned about their bodies,” she said.
She also felt the county were ignoring the way Needham Market is growing and were not tailoring plans to the town.
“Everything we asked about they said it had worked in other places,” she said. “It seems to be one size fits all — it’s worked in Lowestoft, it’s worked in Thurston, so it’ll work here.”
Cllr Chambers said county officers were trying to explain how things had been done elsewhere. “It wasn’t ‘one size fits all’ but explaining what is normal practice,” she said. “Primary schools don’t have changing rooms — it isn’t normal to provide them.”
She said she had asked officers to look at a town council suggestion for a drop-off area at the school and investigate a parent’s idea that instead of building a stand-alone classroom block, they turn the hall into classrooms and build a larger hall.