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									                                                   AGENDA ITEM 8

Committee    Lifelong Learning and Libraries Policy Development Group

Date       11 October 2004

Bishops Park School

Report by Nicola Baker, Strategic Manager, Community & Civic Values,

DD. 01279 413772 email.

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             Bishops Park
The opportunity

The new Bishops Park College in West Clacton is a PFI funded project to
provide a new 11-16 school. It has been designed to have a wing that is solely
for community use and epitomises the ‘Extended Schools’ ethos 1 in providing
a range of services beyond the school day to help meet the needs of pupils,
families and the wider community.

Libraries were invited to consider whether locating a joint school/ public library
within the complex would be beneficial to local people.

Evidence of need

The present library in Jaywick (which is located less than 1 mile from Bishops
Park) has a total of 552 members, of whom 385 are ‘active’ (ie have used
their ticket within the last year). A snapshot survey of postcodes 2 shows that
customers accessing Jaywick library are largely concentrated in the streets
very close to the library. It is clear then that many people living in the area do
not access library facilities. This may be because the opening hours of the
current library (14 per week) are inconvenient, because the facilities offered
are limited due to the size of the building or for a number of other reasons.

The main catchment area of the library in Golf Green contains the most
deprived part of Essex, rating 102nd out of 32,487 nationally. 3


We were able to influence the design of the community wing at an early stage.
The library was relocated from its original first floor location to a prime area on
the ground floor and the floor area was extended to take account of predicted
school and community use. We began work with the school to articulate our
joint vision for the way the library would be used.

Consultation leaflets were distributed widely to current Jaywick Library
customers and local residents to try to ascertain what facilities could be
provided to enable them to make full use of library facilities (eg, community
transport to Bishops Park, mobile library stops, book ordering point in a
community venue in Jaywick.)

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Customer benefits

      Single site community facilities Bishops Park will have a school,
       library, cyber café, refreshment facilities, nursery, elderly persons
       centre, a fitness centre, Surestart offices and other facilities on a single
      Size The library at Bishops Park will be more than six times the size
       of Jaywick Library, with an adjoining cyber café area to be managed by
       the library service.
      Opening hours We expect to be able open from 8am until 8pm.
      Self service RFID self service technology will allow unstaffed access
       to the library.
      Staffing We will be working with the school and other partners to
       share staffing.
      ICT 29 People’s Network PCs will be available in the library and cyber
       café area (compared to two in the current Jaywick library). School
       pupils will also have access in their classrooms to on-line information
       resources normally only available in libraries, for example History
       Online and Encyclopaedia Britannica. A wireless network throughout
       Bishops Park will allow pupils to use laptop computers (provided by the
       school) in all areas of the building.

Opportunities for partnership working

This project offers the library service some very tangible benefits from
partnership working.

      Bishops Park College Our excellent working relationship with the
       school will enable us to extend opening hours for customers by making
       best use of staffing resources – school and library staff will provide a
       seamless staffing presence in the library during core hours.
      Schools Library Service The SLS have been contracted to provide
       book and other resources to the school. We are working closely with
       them to ensure that resources are not duplicated. SLS have agreed
       that their stock will be available to all library customers, thus avoiding
       any artificial division between ‘school’ and ‘public library’ stock.
      Syntegra The ICT requirements for this project are complex. Syntegra
       have devoted many hours to finding solutions that will enable a
       seamless provision at Bishops Park. They are viewing this project as a
       blueprint for future joint working arrangements.
      Community partners We are starting to form mutually beneficial
       relationships with other users of the community wing at Bishops Park.
      Trading Standards The proof of age ‘Bite’ card will be used as a
       basis for a card that will be issued to all pupils at Bishops Park. This
       card will act as an e-purse for school meals, it will be used on school
       transport, it will be a locker ‘key’, a library card (including use of the
       self-service machines) as well as a proof of age card. It will also allow
       school pupils only to access the secure school area beyond the library.

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      Primary schools We are working with feeder primary schools to
       ensure that we can meet their needs. Bishops Park library will provide
       a dedicated area for young children.
      Community Transport The provision of a minibus service from
       Jaywick and surrounding areas to Bishops Park is currently under
      Jaywick community We are engaging the community in Jaywick in
       identifying ways in which we can continue to provide access to library
       facilities for customers who may have concerns about the move to
       Bishops Park.


Bishops Park offers a unique opportunity to set the library service at the heart
of a multi-agency complex in a deprived area of Essex. It is hoped that many
people will come to see Bishops Park library as the place to go for
information, informal learning support and recreation, for both individuals and
families. It is expected to open in Spring 2005.
This is one of the Pathfinder projects for the Future Direction of Library
Services work. Members are invited to consider whether this partnership
approach may be applicable elsewhere in the county.

1 DfES An introduction to extended schools 2003
2 Adult public library user survey 2003
3 Index of multiple deprivation 2004

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