Prep school submits plans for new site in the capital

Eaglehurst, Belmont Hill, Douglas

Eaglehurst, Belmont Hill, Douglas

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Market Square Preparatory School could open its doors to children in Douglas from September, if planners approve the application.

It would be a year after Jane Subachus opened the school in Manannan House, in Market Square, Castletown, to reception class pupils (ages four and five) having run a pre-school from January 2013.

In the application (14/00219/B) it states Eaglehurst, in Belmont Hill, would be converted to a private school for children aged three to 11.

The refurbished gentlemen’s residence would feature a pre-school in the basement, accommodating up to 10 children aged three and four.

Each class from reception to year six would have a maximum size of 10.

There would be one teacher for each class, and three administrative staff. Three part-time teachers (music, dance and language) would visit the school twice weekly.

In the application it states: ‘The school will be open between the hours of 9am and 4pm. There will also be the option for early drop off (8.30am) and after school clubs which will stagger the drop off and collection of pupils, helping alleviate congeation.

‘The proposed finishing time for our school is 40 minutes after Ballakermeen High School (3.20pm) which will further alleviate congestion.’

The access is from Belmont Hill, and in the application it states there is adequate space in front of the property for drop-off and staff parking.

It continues: ‘There is also the possibility for a second entrance/exit at the bottom end of the grounds, which is already in situ, but will need permission from the land owner.’

The nursery and pre-school in Castletown would remain for two- to four-year-olds.

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