Phillipstown School

03:04, May 29 2013
Phillipstown School
UNKNOWN FUTURE: Phillipstown School may be merged with Woolston.

Phillipstown School has been told it will close, but the community is vowing to fight on.

Principal Tony Simpson said it was a "sad day".

"We have a long, long journey in front of us.

"The minister has decided the merger will be going ahead, from January 2014."

The school will merge with Woolston School.

SCHOOL PROFILE

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Address: 39 Nursery Rd, Phillipstown, Christchurch

Website: phillipstown.school.nz

School type: Full primary (Year 1-8), decile 1

School roll: 163

Staff: 24 teachers, 11 support staff

Building damage: One building has earthquake damage.

Cost to fix school and strengthen it over 10 years: $3.5 million

Land status: Surrounding land is a mixture of  technical category 2 and 3.

Rationale for change: The site has liquefaction. Both Phillipstown and Woolston schools have reasonably small rolls and are in an area with an over-supply of primary school places.

Read the ministry's rationale for change.

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