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SALFORD SCHOOL SAVED FROM CLOSURE
 

Star date: 6th November 2009

VICTORY FOR ST GEORGE'S!!!!

ST GEORGE'S SCHOOL SAVED FROM CLOSURE!!!!

St George's School has won its long term battle with Salford Council to stay open.

Just after lunchtime today the Schools Adjudicator issued the announcement which began...

"My reasons for not approving the closure of SG are several.  The Council's proposals include the closure of a successful and over-subscribed school (SG), which is unusual and surprising..."

Reactions and more of this story to follow...

 


John Crumpton wrote
at 17:24:03 on 07 November 2009
Fantastic news. Congratulations to all concerned. I have been involved with the school through KBS Productions making 2 videos about the Justice4Georges campaign with my cameraman and editor,Andrew Davies. It has been a real honour and privelege to work with a Headmaster, a Deputy Head, teachers, staff, supporters and pupils the like of which you rarely come across nowadays. Also a big-up shout for Stephen Kingston and the Salfor Star who continue to prove that community media can make a difference.

guido fawkes wrote
at 14:17:28 on 07 November 2009
Faith of our fathers one in te eye to all the council proddie dogs

Paul Travis wrote
at 09:53:36 on 07 November 2009
Religon aside- this seems like a testament to determination, passion and endevour from a like minded group of people who care about what happens to them and want the best for local people and for the future. St Geroges School has for years provided a solid platform for education in the area where students can if they wish, do well and get a great education. The fight is not over but it well on the way now- Best wishes to all involved.

Brian Francis Kirkham wrote
at 09:53:17 on 07 November 2009
A point of clarification for Mr Marshall The Schools commission had been cajoled by the council into accepting the unacceptable - closure of an outstanding school. Its a tactic employed by Salford (and other authorities) when trying to cut budgets - one that has worked time and time again (check another part of this website - I mentioned Salfords record then!) However this time the schools commission has seen some sense and kept it open, leaving the council body acting like a baby throwing its toys out of the pram...so what if All Hallows/St Patricks dont get new buildings this year? As far as i understand All Hallows has already undergone two major building works after two almagamations, Moving to a site Vacated by Hope High doesnt make any sense! A Question for Council What happens to the present school site? - More Housing? A Health Centre - or perhaps flogged off by Urban Vision to pay for the new Mediacity Academy? - I've seen no evidence that there need be any more development to the current Catholic Estate other than general maintenance - so why was St Georges used as a pawn by the council? I Wish St Georges well, and hope they prosper (as with All Hallows / St Patricks and all) in the forthcoming future.

chris marshall wrote
at 05:50:57 on 07 November 2009
Yes well done, now you can't have the millions of pounds available to you to get a new St. George's! What's wrong with you all? Do you not want world class educational facilities for your children????

wrote
at 19:57:29 on 06 November 2009
The school has been told it doesnt have to close but their next move is to try and almagamate st georges with harrop fold (one of the most improving schools in the UK - with praise from the Prime Minister himself). Harrop is a comprehensive and as you cannot legally force religion on anyone, this is highly unlikely. I dont think ou are out of the woods just yet, as year on year trends suggest Harrop is going better and bigger places than St. Georges. You should be thanking your lucky stars you have religion on your side.

Richard Carvath wrote
at 19:11:23 on 06 November 2009
Victory! David has slain Goliath. Congratulations St. George's RC.

satnav1001 wrote
at 19:11:16 on 06 November 2009
Brill. news also And i should dam well think so To, power to the people has now to be the word for Salford, the council is simply loosing touch with the people of Salford and lost I spek to seem to be saying this, this, and is simply forcing people to have to make decisions That they really would not normally even think of doing at the voting box, but the council must think hard as to will people will shift their vote in protest, councilors simply thinks they can seem role any think through they want. Of late and sod the people of Salford.And seem to think we are children with no savvy, Well children sorted you lot out. And what a lode of plonkers this has made the council look and rightly so, Now this then there was and is the childrenís services shocking report, due to pople we pay extremely well indeed , not keeping a proper eye on it, or it seems even give a dam .until you were tolled off .and rightly so, And people responsible from the top down should have done the descent thing and resigned as it will not be forgotten and putting up a person to take the entire can, is well. Simply totally out of order, The way things are being managed will see a lot of counselors will be loose seats at the next election And with what a lot of you are doing and the poor decisions that are certainly being made, It will simply give the last people Salford wants to see gaining a foot hold in salford, , And you simply letting the people of salford down. And I would bet most of you good and dedicated councilors, out there, out there are starting to think this, But are simply too scared to speak up, in fear of being possibly deselected. drastically change will be needed to hold seats, , due to such a bad decisions of late being steam rolled through such as Gorges, over peopleís heads, without properly seeking Salford peoples proper impute. And not the consultations put on just to make it look as if consultation has been done, and yet as with Gorges a total disregard of such a mass of Salford peopleís views, so I say to Salford council. Simply say sort your dead wood out and give way for fresh roots, and fast, you do not have long remember, But then I am only a voter .But will now what to do with my vote if not So in this case I say to the parents and governor of Gorges, And especially to the kids, extremely well done indeed, And we take my HATS off to you ALL, Satnav101

Starr wrote
at 17:21:15 on 06 November 2009
Nothing to say but, Long live Logic and Democracy Starr

Bob Jeffery wrote
at 17:21:00 on 06 November 2009
Rock and Roll...

Harry wrote
at 17:20:38 on 06 November 2009
Congratulations to you all a Fight well Fought.

Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 17:20:31 on 06 November 2009
Well Done St Georges! Can all the RC Schools in Salford now Work TOGETHER for the educational pastoral and vocational needs of the pupils instead of fishing for pupils in other schools? Im pointing the finger here primarily St Patricks (which has in the past had a finger in the pie of many a closure) but also the other 'safe' Catholic high schools - keep to your feeder schools and stop poaching from elsewhere. The ways of the past have got to stop - or else the entire cathlolic education system in Salford becomes a target And Salford Council - seeing as we're paying 50% of council tax to the education budget can we get our house in order please?!

Brian Francis Kirkham wrote
at 17:20:06 on 06 November 2009
Marvellous News!

Laura wrote
at 17:20:01 on 06 November 2009
I am absolutely thrilled for the school! What fantastic news for the pupils, staff and the local community who fought so hard for this! Well done to all involved!!

Ann & Tony Bannister wrote
at 17:19:52 on 06 November 2009
What a fabulous sensible victory for commonsense. Obviously this sensible outcome was above the intelligence of the Council. Good luck to St Georges and well done Salford Star.

Mary Ferrer wrote
at 17:19:42 on 06 November 2009
This is fantastic news. I have been so impressed by the way everyone has conducted the campaign. It is so good to know others realised what a good school we would loose. someone somewhere should hang their heads in shame for what they have put the school and the pupils through the last year. Good luck St George's

judi Lawrence wrote
at 16:06:24 on 06 November 2009
Brilliant!

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