Branston Intermediate School

Last updated 14:57 29/05/2013
Branston Intermediate School
"DEVASTATED": Branston Intermediate School is proposed to close.

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Name Branston Intermediate School
Suburb Hornby
Decile 3
Type Intermediate
Roll 180
Cost $7.9 million
Principal Jennifer O'Leary
Proposal Close

Branston Intermediate School is set to close, it has been announced.

The staff and children were given the decision in an assembly today.

Principal Jennifer O'Leary said she was ''sorry to say not very good news".

"The Minister of Education is going to close school and is going to close it at end of this year.''

Pupil Nikita Leath, 12, said she was upset at the decision.

''It doesn't make any sense. A lot of parents have invested here and now year 7s will have to leave.''

Alixis Rophia, 12, said the decision has been hard on all of the pupils.

''It has been stressful and upsetting. Why would they close it when so many more people are moving out to Hornby? Where will people go now?''

Music teacher Geoffrey McCallum said staff had invested years into the school.

''It's like having it ripped out from under you. It's emotional for all of us,'' he said.

O'Leary said they would have to ''pack in as much as possible'' for the year 7 pupils before the end of the year.

''We're going to make it a very special year as you will be the last students of Branston.''

The technology centre will stay at Branston's site.

SCHOOL PROFILE

Address: 35 Amyes Rd, Hornby, Christchurch

Website: branston.school.nz

School type: Intermediate (Year 7-8), Maori immersion or bilingual, decile 3

School roll: 180

Staff: 17 teachers and 6 support staff

Building damage: All 11 buildings have earthquake damage, five need strengthening and one has weathertightness issues.

Cost: $7.9 million

Land status: Surrounding land is predominately technical category 1.

Rationale for change: ''Branston Intermediate is on a large site that is ideally located to service new areas of residential growth.

"The investment required would make it one of the most expensive schools to repair and remediate on a cost-per-learner basis.''

Read the ministry's rationale for change.

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