Burwood School

22:12, May 28 2013
Burwood School
MERGER PROPOSED: Burwood School may merge with Windsor School.

The Education Ministry says merging with Windsor School is the most "cost-effective" option after assessing its damage and repairs at $4.7 million.

Burwood School profile:

Address: 255 New Brighton Rd, Burwood, Christchurch

Website: burwood.school.nz

School type: Contributing (Year 1-6), decile 7

School roll: 231

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Teachers: 12

Support staff: 10

Building damage: All 17 buildings have earthquake damage, with five requiring quake strengthening and seven requiring weathertightening repairs.

Cost: $4.7 million

Land status: Surrounding land is mostly technical category 3. There is red-zone land across the river but not next to the east or west sides of the school.

The ministry's plan: Merge with Windsor School on Windsor's site.

Rationale for closure:  Windsor School is the closest school to Burwood, but farther away from the most quake-damaged areas. Merging is more ''cost-effective''.

Read the ministry's rationale for change.

Principal: Susan Jennison

Board of trustees chairwoman Rachel Rowland said: "We acknowledge the information that the Ministery of Education has released as part of the rationale for change process.

"Our interpretation of this information differs from that of the ministry. We are engaging in dialogue with the ministry directly regarding their decision."

Their submission:

Burwood sees a future with additional year groups, instead of merging on Windsor School's site.

In its submission, the school offers two options: 

- Recapitating to years 1 through 8.
- Remaining as a years 1 to 6 school and inviting a local early-childhood education centre to merge on site.

Burwood is also keen to redesign classroom space into ''flexible classrooms'' where pupils can sit in groups or alone and be involved in discovery learning, teamwork and problem solving, ''the very attributes employers consistently claim they want after literacy and numeracy''.

Professional training also features highly, to translate the latest teaching methods into the classroom.

''Innovate practices will never be sustained unless teachers and students remain interested and excited about their own learning,'' it said.

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