Funding for controversial Burnley free school agreed

Funding for controversial Burnley free school agreed

Funding for controversial Burnley free school agreed

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BURNLEY’s controversial first free school has received the green light for funding from the Department of Education.

Backers behind Burnley High School said it was a ‘significant step’ after the government announcement that it met the criteria for school funding.

The exact amount is not yet known as it depends on pupil numbers and how many qualify for free school meals.

It comes after a consultation period was held by Chapel Street, the charity behind the proposed school which is scheduled to open in September.

The next hurdle is local authority approval of the school’s preferred site, the former Habergham High School.

Russell Rook, chief executive of Chapel Street, said: “We have received the news that many of us have been waiting for – the Secretary of State has agreed to enter into a Funding Agreement for Burnley High School. This is a significant step in moving forward to open the school in September.”

Headteacher Dawn Forshaw said: “I understand the importance of ensuring more children in Burnley remain in the area for education, rather than travelling to schools outside of the town. I am looking forward to working with parents, children and the rest of the school’s staff to achieve high academic standards.”

MP Gordon Birtwistle also welcomed the news. He said: “I am absolutely delighted and believe that it will improve our local education landscape and drive up standards in schools. For too long, hundreds of children leave Burnley every day to be educated in neighbouring towns.”

But Lancashire’s NUT representative Simon Jones said: “It’s no real surprise the Department for Education has backed the scheme as it is their policy to encourage free schools. It is still something which will have a very bad effect on the local educational system. All it does is remove democratic accountability for education away from the local authority.”

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3:06pm Tue 15 Apr 14

DaveBurnley says...

So the resident idiot Gove is going to throw public money at another faith school. Money that should be used to improve ordinary state schools.

It's just another way for the Tories to unload education onto their cronies in the private sector, so that they can make a profit out of our children.
So the resident idiot Gove is going to throw public money at another faith school. Money that should be used to improve ordinary state schools. It's just another way for the Tories to unload education onto their cronies in the private sector, so that they can make a profit out of our children. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 9

3:25pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Colneunitedfc says...

'Money that should be used to improve ordinary state schools'

How much money are these failing super schools going to receive ? It's time for a change. Congratulations Burnley High School.
'Money that should be used to improve ordinary state schools' How much money are these failing super schools going to receive ? It's time for a change. Congratulations Burnley High School. Colneunitedfc
  • Score: -10

5:15pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Timefor says...

Reckon you're calling it about right DaveBurnley. Sadly, the libdems and cons are so blinded by ideology that they really don't give a hoot about facts such as countries which were first to experiment with "free schools" realised that this type of provision is detrimental to both education and equality.

It's all too predictable that what we'll end up with is a chaotic and inefficient system which allows a free for all amongst private providers. It's just another example of short-sightedness, dressed up however, in profit chasing.
Reckon you're calling it about right DaveBurnley. Sadly, the libdems and cons are so blinded by ideology that they really don't give a hoot about facts such as countries which were first to experiment with "free schools" realised that this type of provision is detrimental to both education and equality. It's all too predictable that what we'll end up with is a chaotic and inefficient system which allows a free for all amongst private providers. It's just another example of short-sightedness, dressed up however, in profit chasing. Timefor
  • Score: 12

7:17pm Tue 15 Apr 14

turbo5 says...

If the truth be told, what Burnley needs is a proper Church of England school not some dressed up Life church Lib Dem backed school.
If they think this school is going to attract the Burnley kids from St Christophers and St Wilfreds they are dreaming.
Parents send their kids there because of the good results, which Is acheived by having selective entrance criteria. Parents have to attend church every week for a few years to get their children into the out of town Church schools (whether they are true christians I doubt considering once they have been admitted you never see most of them at church again.)
However if parents have to put in so much effort to get their child a decent education, they are likely to put the same effort into their school work.
It is nothing to do with wealth you can be very poor and still attend church.
This new school has no selective entrance criteria so what is different from the rest of the Burnley schools ?
A Burnley Cof E church school backed by the church and nobody would go out of town.
If the truth be told, what Burnley needs is a proper Church of England school not some dressed up Life church Lib Dem backed school. If they think this school is going to attract the Burnley kids from St Christophers and St Wilfreds they are dreaming. Parents send their kids there because of the good results, which Is acheived by having selective entrance criteria. Parents have to attend church every week for a few years to get their children into the out of town Church schools (whether they are true christians I doubt considering once they have been admitted you never see most of them at church again.) However if parents have to put in so much effort to get their child a decent education, they are likely to put the same effort into their school work. It is nothing to do with wealth you can be very poor and still attend church. This new school has no selective entrance criteria so what is different from the rest of the Burnley schools ? A Burnley Cof E church school backed by the church and nobody would go out of town. turbo5
  • Score: 3

5:31am Wed 16 Apr 14

Timefor says...

turbo5 says, "This new school has no selective entrance criteria"

Really? Well, it'll be interesting to read their stats if/when it ever gets off the ground. My guess is that this statement will need a deal of re-writing.
turbo5 says, "This new school has no selective entrance criteria" Really? Well, it'll be interesting to read their stats if/when it ever gets off the ground. My guess is that this statement will need a deal of re-writing. Timefor
  • Score: 0

12:01am Thu 17 Apr 14

turbo5 says...

Timefor wrote:
turbo5 says, "This new school has no selective entrance criteria"

Really? Well, it'll be interesting to read their stats if/when it ever gets off the ground. My guess is that this statement will need a deal of re-writing.
Their entrance criteria is any faith or no faith, it is no different from any other school in Burnley so I doubt very much their results would be much different from the other Burnley state schools.After reading their entrance criteria its basically the same as the other schools in Burnley 1) those in care 2) siblings at same school 3) special needs 4) distance from School.
considering that majority will be selected on criteria 4 they may have an added advantaged the the catchment area is in a more affluent area of town if they secure Habergham school,
[quote][p][bold]Timefor[/bold] wrote: turbo5 says, "This new school has no selective entrance criteria" Really? Well, it'll be interesting to read their stats if/when it ever gets off the ground. My guess is that this statement will need a deal of re-writing.[/p][/quote]Their entrance criteria is any faith or no faith, it is no different from any other school in Burnley so I doubt very much their results would be much different from the other Burnley state schools.After reading their entrance criteria its basically the same as the other schools in Burnley 1) those in care 2) siblings at same school 3) special needs 4) distance from School. considering that majority will be selected on criteria 4 they may have an added advantaged the the catchment area is in a more affluent area of town if they secure Habergham school, turbo5
  • Score: 1

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