Lyttelton Main School

PROPOSAL: Lyttelton Main School could merge with Lyttelton West.
PROPOSAL: Lyttelton Main School could merge with Lyttelton West.

Lyttelton Main School

Address: 34 Oxford St, Lyttelton


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

School roll: 120

Teachers: 8

Support staff: 8

Earthquake damage: All four buildings have earthquake damage, with two requiring quake strengthening.

Cost: $1 million

Land status: Technical categories have not been assigned to Lyttelton properties.

The ministry's plan: Continues, merge with Lyttelton West

Rationale for change: More than half of Lyttelton Main and Lyttelton West School pupils live within a kilometre of Lyttelton Main. The school-age population is not large enough to support two primary schools.

Read the full reason here.

Principal: Sue Walls said Lyttelton Main accepted the rationale as correct. She was concerned a geotechnical report had not yet been done to determine the site was safe for a rebuild.

''It's not reasurring for people from Lyttelton West School. We have to take things a little bit on trust, which is difficult when asking schools to merge. We think it's really important the merger be a brand-new school to meet the needs of the whole Lyttelton community.''

Their submission:

The ministry has proposed a merger of Lyttelton Main and Lyttelton West and for a new school to be built on the Lyttelton Main site.

Since the earthquake there has been a shortage of meeting spaces in Lyttelton.

Both schools say they would like ''the new school to include a hall and are interested in the possibility of this being a multi-purpose space shared with the community''.

The schools would like the design to be environmentally friendly and include features such as solar panels and rain tanks.

Most Lyttelton residents supported the merger.

The schools want to work closely throughout the merger consultation process, with equal representation from each board and for both principals to retain their positions until the merger has occurred.

The Press