Concerns expressed over ‘school’ scheme

The former Baumber Primary School
The former Baumber Primary School

Residents in Baumber and surrounding villages are raising concerns over plans to convert a village school into a “pupil referral unit”.

Lincolnshire County Council is seeking permission to create the unit at the former Baumber Primary School.

The facility would “house” children who have been excluded from mainstream schools.

It would be run by the Lincolnshire Teaching and Learning Centre.

Unconfirmed sources suggest pupils would be aged under 14.

The News has seen plans for the unit which include new 2.4 metre high weld mesh boundary fencing and CCTV.

One person, whose elderly parents live in Baumber, said: “It is a very quiet village and people are surprised the county council wants to bring something like this there.

“These units have to go somewhere but Baumber is a long way from a major town.

“Surely, that means there will be an extra cost in actually transporting pupils.”

Dave Thompson, headteacher of the Lincolnshire Teaching and Learning Centre, said they already operated three sites in the county.

He added: “An additional site in Baumber will enable more local provision for pupils who have been excluded from school, reducing the need for excessive travel to and from school for East Lindsey children.

“Behaviour of pupils at the Teaching and Learning Centre is good, as Ofsted confirmed at the schools recent inspection.

“The school effectively manages pupils’ behaviour and we do not expect the residents to experience any unruly behaviour by the pupils.

“Throughout the whole planning process for the Baumber proposal, we have consulted with stakeholders and those close to the scheme.”

A final decision on the application will rest with planners at East Lindsey District Council.