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Star date: 22nd September 2009

The Things They Say…IN SALFORD 

A couple of years ago the Salford Star couldn't understand the proposed closure of Charlestown Primary School and North Grecian Street School, and their merger into one new school on the Wheatersfield site in Lower Broughton. 

The Council stated that the merger was to do with falling pupil numbers. But surely, we said to Jill Baker, Salford Council's Director of Children's Services, there's going to be too few places for kids in the new school. Especially with hundreds of new houses going up right next to the school…

Here's what happened next…


Salford Star: 2007…
On the proposed Wheatersfield Primary School Lower Broughton
"You've got hundreds of houses going up all around this new school – the figures just don't add up…surely you're going to have a shortfall of places?"

Jill Baker, Director of Children's Services: 2007
On the proposed Wheatersfield Primary School Lower Broughton
"Just because you've got plans for x number of houses doesn't necessarily produce the children. We have formulae which show that every 100 houses will produce x number of children of primary age"

Councillor John Warmisham, Lead Member Children's Services: 2009
Speaking at the full meeting of Salford Council last week about influx of reception kids in Swinton...
"Is there something in the water?...No-one could have predicted this…Predicting pupil numbers is a black art…"

National Schools Adjudicator: 2008
On the proposed Wheatersfield Primary School Lower Broughton
"There is uncertainty about the future demand for primary school places in the area and further provision may well be needed in the medium term…[The Council] accepts that the new housing developments and changing population provide challenges for accurate planning… Although the Council's notice states that the purpose of these proposals is "to rationalise primary school provision as a result of falling rolls", it also accepts that there may be a need to expand primary school provision in the area in the future. Such a need is difficult to predict accurately at this time as the figures will depend on the success of the local regeneration project and the make-up of the households that move to the area…"
 
See also Mary Burns on Moorside School and Mary Burns Back To School Special from issue 8

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