Protest over plans for new school for 'naughty' children in Lincoln
Residents are protesting over plans for a new school for challenging and naughty children in Lincoln.
The Acorn Alternative Provision Free School will target pupils aged between 11 and 16 who are at risk of being excluded from other schools and academies across the city.
The school will aim to bring pupils back into learning, provide parental advice and will run intensive programmes to address their emotional and behavioural needs.
The former Lowfields Infant School site, in Calder Road, Lincoln has been proposed as the potential site for the new school. But residents believe it will lead to a nightmare problem for parking as The Meadows Primary School is opposite the site.
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There are also concerns about placing a school for troubled teenagers so close to a primary school.
And residents claim a public consultation for the school, which took place on March 1, was not properly advertised by the group behind the scheme, Acorn Behaviour Support Ltd.
Claire Holmes, of nearby Orchid Road, Lincoln, has a daughter who currently attends The Meadows Primary School.
She said: "I'm very concerned with the lack of notification for the public consultation meeting. I didn't know about it until after it had happened.
"It would appear that the residents meeting which took place on Sunday and was arranged through word of mouth on Saturday was more greatly attended.
"I believe all children have a right to education. However, I don't feel the site is the best choice for a school.
"As a resident, I have concerns over the traffic. I appreciate that some people have been told that the pupils will be brought to school in two minibuses, but it's my understanding they have behavioural difficulties and I can't see how you'll be able to get them all on a minibus.
"A lot of people have said that there were two schools on Calder Road originally, but there was no greater number of pupils than there is at The Meadows now. Traffic is going to be an issue.
"But also, as a mother, I don't think it's ideal to have a secondary school of any nature in such close proximity to a primary school. I'm not convinced they'll run well next door to one another."
Dawn Fenton, business manager at The Meadows Primary School, added: "The first thing we knew about it was when the representative from Acorn came to the school and asked to speak to us.
"It wasn't until everything had been agreed by the Department for Education that we'd been consulted.
"One of the things we did say we were concerned about was the traffic element, but the representative from Acorn said they were expecting their pupils to arrive to school by taxi and minibus – and that there is adequate parking on site.
"They also said they were aware of our starting and finishing times and would work around those."
The application for the school was accepted by the Department for Education and Prime Minister David Cameron in August last year.
The Echo contacted Jerry Tucker and Helen Clayton, both listed as consultants for the school, but they said they were not able to comment by the time the newspaper went to press.