Cressex Community School 'officially opened' by MP

Cressex Community School 'officially opened' by MP

Cressex Community School 'officially opened' by MP

Cressex Community School 'officially opened' by MP

Cressex Community School 'officially opened' by MP

Cressex Community School 'officially opened' by MP

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

STEVE Baker MP cut the ribbon to officially open Cressex Community School last week – after two years of teaching and events at the £31m complex.

The Wycombe MP was joined by the school’s Head Boy, Joe Morris, and Head Girl, Iram Ramzan, as he declared the impressive building officially open.

The school in Holmers Farm Way was the first Co-operative Trust school in Buckinghamshire when it was unveiled in 2010. The building was funded under the previous Labour government’s One School Pathfinder programme.

Headteacher David Hood said at Friday’s ceremony: “When I first mentioned to staff and students that our opening ceremony was to be taking place, I met some understandably quizzical responses – ‘Aren’t we open yet?’

“Of course we have been open; and of course we have been enjoying all of the opportunities and benefits provided by our wonderful new building.

“But it is also important to mark certain key moments in the history of a community in a formal or official way.

“The move of Cressex Community School from accommodation that had served its time into state of the art premises is just such a moment.”

The school’s Chair of Governors, Dr Katy Simmons, told dignitaries including the Mayor of High Wycombe Cllr Chaudhry Shafique, that the futuristic complex, which boasts 'ground-source' heating and recycled rainwater for toilet flushing, was ‘more than a building’.

She said: “We started to work towards a new school ten years ago. At that time, the group of governors and Local Authority officers called our project 'Blue Skies High School'.

“We called it that because it was a vision of something that needed to happen. But it was a long way away.

“The words of American writer and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson summed up how we went about our task: 'Do not go where the path may lead, instead, go where there is no path - and leave a trail'.”

She then thanked the various organisations and individuals that helped secure government funding to deliver the impressive structure.

And borrowing a line from the recently re-elected US President Barack Obama, she added: “I hope you'll see from its short history that this isn't just a building. It embodies the aspirations, work and skills of many people over a long period of time.

“We wanted a school that would invite you in. We have that now and we now invite you to be part of the next chapter in our story.

“As someone else said just a day or so ago, the best is yet to come.”

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9:13am Fri 16 Nov 12

Welwyn Dowd says...

Makes a change for Biggles to be at the opening of something - last I saw him he was closing down a Casualty department somewhere or other.
Makes a change for Biggles to be at the opening of something - last I saw him he was closing down a Casualty department somewhere or other. Welwyn Dowd
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4:35pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Wycombe Elector says...

Welwyn Dowd wrote:
Makes a change for Biggles to be at the opening of something - last I saw him he was closing down a Casualty department somewhere or other.
Closed by the last Labour government's agenda in fact.
[quote][p][bold]Welwyn Dowd[/bold] wrote: Makes a change for Biggles to be at the opening of something - last I saw him he was closing down a Casualty department somewhere or other.[/p][/quote]Closed by the last Labour government's agenda in fact. Wycombe Elector
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5:58pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Voyeur says...

Well the Tories did little to help Cressex School with their new building project, with the County Council approving a budget and then withdrawing it shortly afterwards.
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It was only through a Labour Party special fund for deprived areas that funding was secured - behind the County Council's back, if you like.
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Basically the local Tory MP had nothing at all to do with the building project, as far as I am aware, but it's nice to see they let him cut the ribbon.
Well the Tories did little to help Cressex School with their new building project, with the County Council approving a budget and then withdrawing it shortly afterwards. . It was only through a Labour Party special fund for deprived areas that funding was secured - behind the County Council's back, if you like. . Basically the local Tory MP had nothing at all to do with the building project, as far as I am aware, but it's nice to see they let him cut the ribbon. Voyeur
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5:45pm Sun 18 Nov 12

washondo says...

Does he know how many HGVs will be polluting the access to a £31 million school, creating a health hazard and endangering the pupils? One every six minutes.
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Approved by BCC.
Does he know how many HGVs will be polluting the access to a £31 million school, creating a health hazard and endangering the pupils? One every six minutes. ~ Approved by BCC. washondo
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11:13pm Sun 18 Nov 12

rem708 says...

Yes it’s now common knowledge the other sites for transfer stations have been declined and therefore all of south bucks refuse will now come to Booker. The original estimates for the number of lorry movements will increase.

Add to this is the increase in the amount we are recycling which is subsequently reducing the amount of refuse available for incineration. To keep the incinerator viable it will be necessary to seek refuse from other areas so no doubt we will be accepting waste from Berkshire and this will probably come through Marlow or even Lane End.

However the operating company has insisted all Lorries will come along Cressex Road past Cressex School. Any lorry caught avoiding this route “apparently” will be reported and fined!

Cressex Road has already been classified as dangerous by BCC thus the installation of speed bumps (latter remove because of noise) and the replacement by traffic calming islands. Why are we forcing even more traffic down an already ‘dangerous road’. If anyone has been past the school during start and finish times will know the children are more interested in arriving on time or leaving with friends than the dangers of traffic. There is going to be a fatality which will be the fault of speeding (if only) rather than the quantity of traffic.

The transfer station would be best sited at Beaconsfield when waste it is current buried as it had ideal motorway access and does not pass any schools or built up areas.
Yes it’s now common knowledge the other sites for transfer stations have been declined and therefore all of south bucks refuse will now come to Booker. The original estimates for the number of lorry movements will increase. Add to this is the increase in the amount we are recycling which is subsequently reducing the amount of refuse available for incineration. To keep the incinerator viable it will be necessary to seek refuse from other areas so no doubt we will be accepting waste from Berkshire and this will probably come through Marlow or even Lane End. However the operating company has insisted all Lorries will come along Cressex Road past Cressex School. Any lorry caught avoiding this route “apparently” will be reported and fined! Cressex Road has already been classified as dangerous by BCC thus the installation of speed bumps (latter remove because of noise) and the replacement by traffic calming islands. Why are we forcing even more traffic down an already ‘dangerous road’. If anyone has been past the school during start and finish times will know the children are more interested in arriving on time or leaving with friends than the dangers of traffic. There is going to be a fatality which will be the fault of speeding (if only) rather than the quantity of traffic. The transfer station would be best sited at Beaconsfield when waste it is current buried as it had ideal motorway access and does not pass any schools or built up areas. rem708
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