Primary school places shortage feared

Primary school places shortage feared

Primary school places shortage feared

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COUNCILLORS have been in discussion whether to increase the number of primary school places in St Helens for September 2015.

The proposal has been sparked by concerns there could be a shortage of school places.

Under the proposal, admissions numbers would rise by 40 - from 2,225 to 2,265.

The cost of adapting school premises to accommodate the extra pupils has not yet been fully calculated but it is believed it will be at least £880,000.

The growing need for primary school places is thought to be due to two factors: the increasing birth rate and people moving into the borough - including migrant workers and Traveller communities.

Areas where demand for places is likely to increase are Rainhill, Haydock, Newton, Earlestown, Parr, Rainford, Thatto Heath and the town centre.

A council report states that since the issue was first raised in 2012, there have "continued to be emerging pressures on the existing primary school structure".

As a result of the pressures, the council had to take "emergency measures" and admit five extra children to Willow Tree Primary and Broad Oak Primary due to lack of places in the Sutton, Bold and Parr areas.

There has also been increased use of the 'fair access protocol' which is used when it is not possible to allocate school places within a two-mile walking distance from home.

The council report states the situation is "not ideal for the efficient and effective delivery of education".

Although five out of the borough's nine secondary schools were fully or oversubscribed for the September 2014 intake, it is not thought additional places are needed at secondary schools at present, although this will continue to be reviewed.

The cabinet meeting was set to take place yesterday (Weds) at the Town Hall.

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8:37pm Fri 22 Aug 14

keepitreel says...

by the nature of the word traveller does that not mean they will only be in school for a short time before moving on,or is the term being used for those that disregard the planning laws and build houses or move into property's and claim they are travellers to get the benefits,and as for the migrant /immigrants these are not the ones that GORDON BROWN stated would only be a handful coming into the country are they.Who worked out it would cost close on a million pounds to incorporate 40 kids into existing schools and were is that calculation made up from.
by the nature of the word traveller does that not mean they will only be in school for a short time before moving on,or is the term being used for those that disregard the planning laws and build houses or move into property's and claim they are travellers to get the benefits,and as for the migrant /immigrants these are not the ones that GORDON BROWN stated would only be a handful coming into the country are they.Who worked out it would cost close on a million pounds to incorporate 40 kids into existing schools and were is that calculation made up from. keepitreel
  • Score: 2

10:08pm Fri 22 Aug 14

barrie timpson says...

Immigration is great isn't it.
Immigration is great isn't it. barrie timpson
  • Score: 3

6:01pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Hughwithaview says...

£880,000 to accommodate an extra 40 children - at least?

Can we have a breakdown of these costs because I bet quite a lot of tax paying residents of this town would like to see if this Council really is adhering to it's "best value" policy - looking at this calculation, I can't see it myself!
£880,000 to accommodate an extra 40 children - at least? Can we have a breakdown of these costs because I bet quite a lot of tax paying residents of this town would like to see if this Council really is adhering to it's "best value" policy - looking at this calculation, I can't see it myself! Hughwithaview
  • Score: 2

12:23pm Tue 26 Aug 14

barrie timpson says...

I had the displeasure of having to venture into "town" this morning to pick up a delivery.
There's an excellent snapshot of our current state on display today - an Eastern European man playing a keyboard outside of the empty WH Smiths shop. Labours dream in full flight.
Ask yourself this , town is now absolutely flooded with Eastern Europeans and all other places , now if there wasn't enough work houses or school places already - how is this going to make it any better.

We have the coalition doing their best to starve every body to death and Labour doing their best to eradicate the indigenous population.
In fairness to The current government though , their isn't many low skilled jobs going around - because they've all been taken by people from every other country. Not so Great Britain.
I had the displeasure of having to venture into "town" this morning to pick up a delivery. There's an excellent snapshot of our current state on display today - an Eastern European man playing a keyboard outside of the empty WH Smiths shop. Labours dream in full flight. Ask yourself this , town is now absolutely flooded with Eastern Europeans and all other places , now if there wasn't enough work houses or school places already - how is this going to make it any better. We have the coalition doing their best to starve every body to death and Labour doing their best to eradicate the indigenous population. In fairness to The current government though , their isn't many low skilled jobs going around - because they've all been taken by people from every other country. Not so Great Britain. barrie timpson
  • Score: 4

12:25pm Tue 26 Aug 14

barrie timpson says...

*there isn't*
*there isn't* barrie timpson
  • Score: 0

12:28pm Tue 26 Aug 14

barrie timpson says...

In fairness though , we did have a terrible shortage of Eastern European street musicians and big issue sellers , and I'm sure their arrival is benefiting us in numerous glorious ways.
In fairness though , we did have a terrible shortage of Eastern European street musicians and big issue sellers , and I'm sure their arrival is benefiting us in numerous glorious ways. barrie timpson
  • Score: 1

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