HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
SALFORD STAR MARY BURNS AWARDS 2009
 

MARY BURNS AWARDS
DAY 9

THE `GO STAND IN THE CORNER' AWARD FOR SCHOOL BUILDING

What a year it's been for Salford schools!

We got them too small…We got them too big…We even got them with escape routes!  Schools opening...Schools closing…Schools that don't know whether they're opening or closing or too big or too small…Schools that can only wonder about the motivation and maths of those who are in control.

Ladies and Gentlemen. Put on your dunces hats and give it up for the winner of the `GO STAND IN THE CORNER' AWARD FOR SCHOOL BUILDING…

Please do a drum roll and click here…



SALFORD CITY COUNCIL

Yes, it's been an eventful year in Salford's schools, with exam results getting better and the school building programme getting worse.

Highlight of the secondary year was the incredible fiasco around St George's RC High which the Council was determined to shut, against all opinion in the community. Fortunately for St George's the Schools Adjudicator agreed with the community that you don't shut popular schools and St George's has won its long and bitter battle for survival.

The victory has thrown Salford's Building Schools for the Future programme into chaos with another Schools Adjudicator meeting over the merger of Moorside and Swinton schools cancelled at the last minute. But don't worry because the Council is spending £140,000 on outside consultants to "advise the City Council on the future organisation of its schools".

The primary school sector didn't fare much better. Despite being warned in a confidential report to its Cabinet last year of "potential overcrowd" in Langworthy, Weaste, Ordsall and Seedley primary schools, the Council's continuing to shut three schools in the area, and squeezing the kids into one bright shiny new building – that's too small, of course.

The three schools it's closing  – Langworthy Road, Seedley and Tootal Drive – have a total current roll call of 534 pupils, while the new primary in Glendinning Street is being built for just 420 pupils.

Meanwhile, the new Wheatersfield Primary School is due to open in Lower Broughton, by 2011, with a "possible shortfall" of places by 2013, according to the Schools Adjudicator. It's being built with a special `escape route' attached as it's sited slap bang in the middle of a flood plain.  

And so it goes on…and on.

Ladies and Gentlemen. There could only be one winner of the `GO STAND IN THE CORNER' AWARD FOR SCHOOL BUILDING…

S-a-a-a-lf-o-o-o-rd Ci-i-i-ty C-o-o-o-u-u-n-c-i-i-i-l

Applause…

We would have liked the Director of Children's Services, Jill Baker, to pick up this MARY – but unfortunately she's unable to be here as she's been sacked by the Council.

If Jill or anybody else who's left at Salford Council's Children's Services would like to make a speech please fill in the Comments box below


 

Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Star Hoodies
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: SALFORD LIBDEM CANDIDATE CLAIMS SHE’S BEING BULLIED IN CLAREMONT
I was a teacher at PWHS when you were there Guy Otten. I remember the staff meeting. "Go". I will say no more on this site.... [more]
article: SALFORD LIBDEM CANDIDATE CLAIMS SHE’S BEING BULLIED IN CLAREMONT
I have read this story and, try as I might, I see no evidence of any bullying; what I see is someone using self promotion to drum ... [more]
article: SALFORD LIBDEM CANDIDATE CLAIMS SHE’S BEING BULLIED IN CLAREMONT
Imagine a world without politics!! I can dream.... [more]
article: SALFORD LIBDEM CANDIDATE CLAIMS SHE’S BEING BULLIED IN CLAREMONT
So, the Libdems are back on the ballot papers in Salford and seeking publicity. They disappeared from most of Salford from 2013,... [more]
article: SALFORD CITY FC WIN PROMOTION TO VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
Three promotions in four seasons, a superbly re-vamped Moor Lane ground - or should I say Peninsula Stadium - together with an ave... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

SALFORD RED DEVILS DIRECTOR OPENS UP ON PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS AT THE CLUB

Star date: 24th April 2018

"WE ARE PROBABLY THE MOST POORLY SUPPORTED CLUB..."

What is the future for Salford Red Devils? A wealthy benefactor has gone, players have been sold, crowds are small and income is low. On the pitch things aren't too bad but, off the pitch, the new owners are trying to pick up the pieces, including a new Salford Red She-Devils team...

"I think the reality is that we are probably the most poorly supported club" Executive Director Andrew Rosler tells Gareth Lyons "I think you kind of get the team you deserve..."

Full details here...

SALFORD LIBDEM CANDIDATE CLAIMS SHE’S BEING BULLIED IN CLAREMONT

Star date: 23rd April 2018

TENSION, 'BULLYING' AND POLITICAL DOG FIGHTING IN LOCAL ELECTION CONTEST

While the local election campaigns around Salford are pretty mild at the moment, in the Claremont ward it's all kicking off, with the LibDem candidate, Stef Lorenz, accusing Labour Party supporters of 'bullying', and the authorities of complicity.

Stef has been blocked from putting up posters in the local Height Library for a jumble sale and art auction in aid of restoring the old Height Youth Club, been forced to stand down as chair of that campaign and has been met with a volley of political abuse on social media. What's going on?

Full details here...

SALFORD MINERS REMEMBERED AT AGECROFT MEMORIAL

Star date: 22nd April 2018

RESPECT PAID TO IRWELL VALLEY MINERS

Yesterday, former miners, families and trade unionists gathered at the Agecroft Colliery monument to pay respects to those who lost their lives down the pits...

"Today means everything, it's the only way we can pay back what they did for you" said Jackie Rimmer, whose father died down Agecroft Colliery in 1963.

Full details here...

SALFORD CITY FC WIN PROMOTION TO VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE

Star date: 22nd April 2018

SALFORD CITY ONE STEP AWAY FROM FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Salford City FC became champions of the National League North yesterday, despite losing 2-1 to Boston United. Harrogate Town's defeat at Bradford Park Avenue means that no-one can now catch the Class of '92 club.

Full details here...

SALFORD COMMUNITY WOOD CARVING CLUB OPENS AT ECCLES CENTRE

Star date: 22nd April 2018

EXHIBITION OF SALFORD WOOD CARVINGS OPENS NEW UNEMPLOYED ARTS CLUB

An exhibition of ninety wood carvings, featuring everything from birds to animals, to wood spirits and politicians, has opened at the Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre.

The exhibition will kickstart a new Salford Unemployed Arts Club based at the Centre, where anyone who is unemployed or disabled can meet and try wood carving or any other creative activity.

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx