April 2010 Archives
A SCHOOL in Northwood Hills has been ordered to axe 25 staff and reduce pupil numbers after being found to have breached the conditions of a planning agreement.
St John's School, in Potter Street Hill, was granted permission in 2001 to build a single-storey extension for an additional classroom and assembly area with a library for the prep-school, together with a first-aid room and staff toilet.
As part of the consent, the school, which sits on the Green Belt, was told it could accommodate a maximum of 350 students and 40 full time staff.
But for at least five years, there have been 405 children and 65 staff, which residents say has had a detrimental effect on the flow of traffic in the area, as well as 'intensifying' use of the Green Belt land.