Lincoln community engagement on proposed new primary education provision

We’re working on plans for future primary education provision in the Lincoln area and have been seeking community input.

Lincoln community engagement – update from the facilitator

Thank you to everyone who attended the face-to-face sessions or participated in the online survey.

In the first round of the community engagement process, workshops identified potential features, ideas and structural options for education provision. An online survey identified further options and ideas.

The second stage involved face-to-face engagement workshops discussing a smaller number of options in greater depth, and then an online survey to measure levels of support for the options discussed. There were 51 participants in the workshops in the second stage and 331 respondents completed the online survey.

The strongest themes that emerged from both stages of the engagement process were the desire that future education provision in the area should reinforce community cohesion, and that the area’s Envirotown values should be reflected in education provision.

In the second stage, the items rated as most important for a new schooling campus were green space and the ability to access the site using active transport. Other facilities which were discussed or rated as important were a swimming pool, hall and library.

The preferred structural option was a new Year 1 – 8 primary school. The majority of participants rated this as their most preferred option (51.5%), and the vast majority of participants rated this within their top three preferred options (77%).

The next step for the Ministry is to conduct formal consultation under s157 of the Education Act to gather responses from the boards of any school which may be affected by the provision of a new Year 1-8 primary school in Lincoln. The results of both this consultation and the community engagement will be reported to the Minister in November 2016.

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