Size not a concern for Bletchley Park Primary

Size not a concern for Bletchley Park Primary

BLETCHLEY Park Primary School deputy principal Sue Bachman does not believe the number of students at the school is an issue.

The Southern River school is one of two public schools with more than 1000 students, from Kindergarten to Year 6.

As of Term 1 this year, there were 112 public primary schools with more than 500 students from Kindergarten to Year 6 compared to 68 in 2006 from Kindergarten to Year 7.

Bletchley Park Primary School started in 2008 and had 200 students at the time. It now has 1017 students, second only to Aubin Grove Primary School with 1103.

Ms Bachman said she did not see it as an issue.

“We are a big school but it is manageable,” she said.

Ms Bachman said the school had planned for the growth, and had team leaders and a deputy for each year level to help make the most of its resources.

“We have created extra play areas and bought in new equipment,” she said.

“We are just a big school and we make the most of the resources that we have.”

Southern River MP Peter Abetz, who also serves on the school board, said the school was much sought-after by local parents.

He said there were two new schools planned for the Southern River area, which would take pressure off Bletchley Park.

Opposition spokeswoman for education Sue Ellery said more primary schools needed to be built.

“While the numbers are more than would be considered ideal, the staff have managed it very well, so that there really are no problems at this school arising from the high enrolments,” she said. “Under the previous Labor Government, six new primary schools were being built a year; in this year’s budget, the Liberal Government will build only three new primary schools.

“Simply putting more transportable classrooms on an existing school site is not ideal, as it encroaches on play space.”