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SALFORD SCHOOLS CRISIS INTENSIFIES AS HOPE HIGH SET TO REOPEN AS PRIMARY
 

Star date: 10th July 2012

A Salford Star Exclusive

HOPE HIGH SAVED FROM DEMOLITION AS BULLDOZERS ARE HALTED THROUGHOUT SALFORD  

The demolition of all Salford Council buildings is set to be halted to cope with the crisis surrounding school places for the city's primary age pupils.

Yesterday the Mayor stopped the intended demolition of Hope High School to address the `unprecedented increase in primary age pupils' and to manage the `adverse press that is currently being levied at councils where a school building demolition programme has taken place, only then to be in a position where additional school buildings are required…' Hmmm…

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Seedley Primary School Demolished Seedley Primary School Demolished
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Following on from yesterday's Salford Star story about the complete shambles surrounding Salford Council's projection of primary school age pupils and the lack of places for September (see here), the Council is now set to stop the bulldozing of all Council buildings which could be used to house primary pupils.

First up is the Hope High School building, currently about to close as the Oasis Academy MediaCityUK moves to its new building on Salford Quays in September. Yesterday, Salford Mayor, Ian Stewart, stepped in to halt its imminent demolition…

"If we continue with the planned demolition of the former Hope High building, then the city council would lose an existing school facility within an area of the city which is experiencing significantly increasing number of primary pupils, with little or no capacity to expand the existing primary schools within the area to meet the demand", the Mayor's report stated.

What it didn't state is that Salford Council has been busy demolishing and closing primary schools, almost around the corner from the Hope High building – Tootal Drive, Langworthy Road and Seedley - and putting up new schools that were always going to be too small.

With a complete lack of irony the report adds… "It is also worth noting that the former Hope High building is within an area of the city where existing primary schools are near full to capacity and there is either little or no scope to extend these schools further…"

Now, Salford Council has realised "the reputational aspect and adverse press that is currently being levied at councils where a school building demolition programme has taken place, only then to be in a position where additional school buildings are required…" Except it's all a bit late.

Meanwhile, yesterday the Mayor authorised officers "to consider all options available to the city council in terms of potential re-use of existing city council-owned buildings and sites for future primary school provision".

No cost was put on the exercise as yet but the report noted that "The risk of the city council not being able to meet its statutory duty of securing sufficient number of pupil places in the long term (i.e. year 2020) is currently high."

If you've got a kid coming up to primary school age, be very worried. Be very worried indeed… 

Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 3:18:55 PM on Saturday, July 21, 2012
Hate to be the one to say, I told you so, but i suggest you look back on previous posts on this subject, Councillors have been almost Cromwellian in their attempts to close schools..using these "magic" Numbers to justify shutting a school, merging a school or keeping a school open. Of course "Merged" schools with over-subscription (from feeding nurseries/primaries) Make the education's figures look good, it's a thriving instituton they'll say. Even though this in the short term this is a good idea, in the long-term it just costs more - as heads around the area look for more buildings and compete for the best league table place and all. Mr Gove must be rubbing his hands in glee. Wasn't one of the new primaries too small for the children it was meant to serve? 650 places for 700 in one instance (forgive me for geography salford star - think this is the new school in Langworthy - If i'm mistaken - please let me know which one)...These mistakes started in the 80s and have kept on to now...time to send the number crunchers back to school me thinks...
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 9:56:16 PM on Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I don't know what we will do in Claremont as we have no public buildings or schools that might be used as a school. Poor St Lukes Rc has no space left for any cabins. There is little space for play so what will happen there and the same could be said for St Johns CE. When the houses are finished on the former Childrens hospital site there could be 100/200X children wanting places.and this is just in Claremont boarder Swinton. What a bloody mess. It could have been avoided had they done their homework better. Again playing with peoples lives and making a total balls of it all
 
B. Dozer wrote
at 8:42:36 AM on Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I hope the Peel Puppets have Peel's agreement to stop demolishing this Rubble Tip City .
 
W Smart wrote
at 8:42:24 AM on Tuesday, July 10, 2012
There are more Clowns , mayor clowns , assistant clowns, chief executive clowns , idling the days away at the Swinetown BigTop, than those employed at Billy Smarts Circus .........No wonder Salford Council are the laughing stock of Britain .
 
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