“HS2 will disrupt education of my pupils”

From left Gary Regan, head of campus and Ian McCaul, principal discuss the impact HS2 could have on the Chiltern Way Federation's Wendover campus with MP David Lidington
From left Gary Regan, head of campus and Ian McCaul, principal discuss the impact HS2 could have on the Chiltern Way Federation's Wendover campus with MP David Lidington
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The principal of a special needs school says he is concerned that HS2 will disrupt the education of his pupils.

Ian McCaul, principal of the Chiltern Way Federation’s Wendover campus met with Aylesbury MP David Lidington and head of campus Gary Regan to discuss the impact of the high speed railway.

Mr McCaul said: “My moral and legal obligation is to make sure the children and staff at the school are safe.

“Our challenges around this are enormous and we work relentlessly to control our environment.

“We examine all of the risks which are very high and we mitigate against them.

“Our school is a finely tuned machine.

“The proposed plan to build HS2 near the school and to host construction traffic on a new roadway running through the school grounds introduces enormous new risks.

“The noise caused by construction and thereafter by the frequent trains will disrupt the children’s education.

“The playing field will become unusable which will absolutely affect our ability to deliver physical education programmes and seriously disrupt children’s break time.

“Educational outcomes will be seriously compromised.

“In its current guise this venture will seriously affect the lives of a significant number of young people and that there is a moral imperative for those who are making the decision to carefully consider the impact it is going to have on this school.”

The Chiltern Way Federation is a special needs school for secondary aged pupils with social, emotional, communication and interaction difficulties.

The school has two campuses - one in Wendover and another in Prestwood.