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SALFORD COUNCIL SCHOOLS CHAOS AS POPULATION EXPLODES
 

Star date: 9th July 2012

SALFORD POPULATION TO GROW BY A QUARTER AS SCHOOLS CHAOS COSTS OVER £HALF A MILLION

Despite warnings from the Salford Star and others, Salford Council has been busy bulldozing schools over the last decade. Now, with the city's population set to explode over the next 15 years it cannot meet demand for school places. 700 places have now got to be found by September at a cost of over half a million pounds.

Full story here…


Charlestown Primary School Salford Langworthy Road Primary School Seedley Primary School
Tootal Drive Primary
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How many times did the Salford Star and others warn Salford Council not to knock down, merge and close its primary and secondary schools? (see here) The warnings fell on the deaf ears of both councillors and highly paid officers. Now the city has an ongoing schools crisis with a new Salford Council report predicting demand for primary school places to outstrip supply by 2013, with a huge deficit by 2018.

Salford's population is set to mushroom by a quarter, or by another 58,000 people by 2030, the highest percentage growth in Greater Manchester, based on the Office of National Statistics (ONS) birth, death and migration trends.

In the withering report `Pupil School Provision Programme 2013-18', a graph (see main illustration) shows that even as primary school numbers were rising in 2010 and 2011, Salford Council was still reducing its school capacity. And you didn't have to go far out of Langworthy (Langworthy Road Primary, Seedley Primary and Tootal Drive Primary closed) or East Salford (Charlestown Primary and North Grecian Street Primary closed) to see that.

Now the report states that 700 extra school places are being created in September in 23 schools across the city to cope with demand, on top of 500 places that were created last year. People might well ask how Salford Council could get its predictions so wrong – by 1300 school places!

The Council is putting five temporary classrooms into schools next year with overcrowding almost a cert, and is holding a seminar with school heads and governors to see what ideas they can come up with to ease the crisis, plus a special `Mayoral Working Party'.

Ideas put forward by the Council include sticking extensions on existing schools, bringing schools its already closed down back into use (as predicted by the Star re Charlestown – see here), shoving primary pupils into secondary schools, turning Council buildings into schools (what, like the bin depot?), and, er, building new schools.

It also appears that the Council is changing catchment areas so it can lump loads of kids into any available school whether it suits parents and pupils or not.

The whole sorry mess has cost over £500,000 and not only eaten up all the contingency for Salford schools this year but gone £52,000 over that contingency.

With Salford Council's academy programme underway, which will take schools out of local authority control (see here) the whole mess is likely to get worse over the next few years…


 

mum wrote
at 14:42:41 on 10 July 2012
Years ago, I attended a public meeting at the Broadwalk Centre, Pendleton where local people fiercly protested/objected against the proposals to close a number of local schools. Hundreds of people attended and listened whilst Jill Baker & Peter Mann defended the proposed closures,both stated that they had done their homework & expert statistical forecasting ensured that there would be more than enough school places to accomadate any future population of Langworthy. Needless to say, even then it was obvious to everyone else except "the experts" that there would be a shortage. 2 of the 3 local councillors did nothing to support local opinion...is it any wonder people dont vote anymore. Incidently, I noticed that there is an e-petition on SCC website -to reduce the number of councillors per ward-maybe if people voted for that it would make them sit up and listen. http://epetitions.salford.gov.uk/Councillors/
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 21:34:05 on 09 July 2012
When this was in full swing and Geoff Ainsworth was a Lib Dem Councillor, he stood up at full council,he stood at meetings and told the Labour councillors and the officers that the figures didn't add up and there would be a big shortfall. did they listen,they knew best. Well Councillor Warmisham and Councillor Merry, it is now coming back and biting you all on the bum. But what will happen to the children or don't they count. Did they not look at the birth rate, or the families from other countries coming to Salford. The building of houses,what comes with houses, bloody family's. What will happen in Claremont/Swinton when 300 houses become occupied on the former hospital site.Is Salford council hoping the buyers won't want or have any children. The plot thickens, a bit like the bloody coucil.
 
Fred Hampton wrote
at 21:33:58 on 09 July 2012
Children's services were manipulating the pupil forecasts for years to suit the BSF agenda. Now we have schools (paid for by council taxpayers ) being handed over to privately run academies. A bad state of affairs is going to become significantly worse.
 
Joe O'Neill wrote
at 21:32:42 on 09 July 2012
Steve I sat on Childrens services around 2008 it was raised then by myself Cllrs Ainsworth and Pooley Labour would not listen,the Liberal Democrats under UNDER Norman Owen raised it But Labour turned off their ear holes to anything other than what they wanted to hear,the people voted them in and year on year booted out any voice other than Labours,warmisham was a disaster,and the last two well you make up your mind.But who fights them today if worsley in not effected the Tories don't care. so our kids will sit in porta cabins or over crowded class rooms,parents will have to treck half way around the city to get their kids a place. And while all this goes on Stewart fiddles while the schools burn
 
Clever clive wrote
at 17:31:43 on 09 July 2012
`Mayoral Working Party' is the "working" bit a typo for "shirking". "With Salford Council's academy programme underway, which will take schools out of local authority control the whole mess is likely to get worse over the next few years…"..... What worse than the mess the clowncil make of schools?
 
Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 17:30:51 on 09 July 2012
Suggestion to the Star team - Pull out my comment when they first peddled this crazy scheme...then repeat them to council officials - with any hope they'll be ringing in their ears!
 
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