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Fresh talks on Burnley's first free school

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TRUSTEES behind a bid to open Burnley’s first free school say an alternative site could still be chosen.

The selection of Habergham High School as the group’s ‘preferred site’ is still subject to change without official backing.

Talks on the suitability of the former Habergham High School, in Byron Street, are now expected to lead to weeks of discussions between the Chapel Street School’s Trust, the Department for Education and Lancashire County Council. It is expected to be several weeks before a decision is announced.

Russell Rook, CEO of Chapel St, said: “We’re disappointed that negotiations, to this point, have not been as successful as we'd have liked.

“As a result, a statutory process has begun between the Department for Education and Lancashire County Council to secure the former Habergham High School for the new free school.

"We remain totally committed to serving the many local families and residents who have supported and are contributing to the creation of Burnley High School and have every confidence that this issue will be resolved and the school will open as planned in September 2014.”

Backers for the free school revealed on Friday that the Byron Street building was their preferred site for the ‘Christian ethos’ school.

The buildings were vacated as part of the £250million Building Schools for the Future programme.

The location was announced after the Life Church Burnley, Community Solutions Lancashire and the Chapel Street Schools Trust held a meeting with 100 parents.

If given the go-ahead, it would open in September, with 90 Year Seven places available, but will ultimately see around 700 pupils including 200 sixth formers.

A statutory process is now taking place between Lancashire County Council and the Department for Education over the site.

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4:08pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Timefor says...

Can I please suggest that the Fastnet Rock would be the better site for this outrageous piece of work
Can I please suggest that the Fastnet Rock would be the better site for this outrageous piece of work Timefor
  • Score: -7

7:29am Wed 19 Feb 14

Pendle Bill says...

Timefor wrote:
Can I please suggest that the Fastnet Rock would be the better site for this outrageous piece of work
Now, why is that? Please explain yourself more fully, then readers know whether or not they agree with you.
[quote][p][bold]Timefor[/bold] wrote: Can I please suggest that the Fastnet Rock would be the better site for this outrageous piece of work[/p][/quote]Now, why is that? Please explain yourself more fully, then readers know whether or not they agree with you. Pendle Bill
  • Score: -5

9:59am Wed 19 Feb 14

DaveBurnley says...

I think Timefor's comment is made to make the point that we don't need these schools.

They are usually led by people with no real experience of education or running a school, but however have a religious or business agenda.

The government love them because it's a way to save money, they don't need qualified staff and can employ more or less anyone they like.

It seems pointless to create extra school space at a time when several local schools are under subscribed, still why let educational standards get in the way of cost cutting?
I think Timefor's comment is made to make the point that we don't need these schools. They are usually led by people with no real experience of education or running a school, but however have a religious or business agenda. The government love them because it's a way to save money, they don't need qualified staff and can employ more or less anyone they like. It seems pointless to create extra school space at a time when several local schools are under subscribed, still why let educational standards get in the way of cost cutting? DaveBurnley
  • Score: -7

4:08pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Timefor says...

Cheers DaveBurnley - precise and to the point. Hope that helps Pendle Bill
Cheers DaveBurnley - precise and to the point. Hope that helps Pendle Bill Timefor
  • Score: 1

12:07pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Mrpipinfort says...

There is a great deal of misinformation being spread by those politically opposed to Burnley High School. Perhaps they should take note of the fact that 98% of parents with children who could attend the school and who completed the recent public survey are strongly in favour of the school. The reasons are simple – the school will be led by an experienced head teacher who has opened 3 other new schools in the past and is an Ofsted inspector and, as has been repeatedly said at parents evenings, the school will only employ fully qualified teachers. What’s more, the smaller class sizes and individual coaching being offered along with exceptional rates of progress at the sister school in Atherton mean that parents have growing confidence that, at long last, there will be an outstanding local secondary school to which we can send our children. I’m a local parent myself and have had no hesitation in applying to the High School. My encouragement to other parents is to ignore the misinformation, put your child’s future first and apply before the school’s application closing date of 28th February.
There is a great deal of misinformation being spread by those politically opposed to Burnley High School. Perhaps they should take note of the fact that 98% of parents with children who could attend the school and who completed the recent public survey are strongly in favour of the school. The reasons are simple – the school will be led by an experienced head teacher who has opened 3 other new schools in the past and is an Ofsted inspector and, as has been repeatedly said at parents evenings, the school will only employ fully qualified teachers. What’s more, the smaller class sizes and individual coaching being offered along with exceptional rates of progress at the sister school in Atherton mean that parents have growing confidence that, at long last, there will be an outstanding local secondary school to which we can send our children. I’m a local parent myself and have had no hesitation in applying to the High School. My encouragement to other parents is to ignore the misinformation, put your child’s future first and apply before the school’s application closing date of 28th February. Mrpipinfort
  • Score: 10

9:21am Fri 21 Feb 14

DaveBurnley says...

How amazing, people who are opposed to this school suddenly get several thumbs down votes, yet amazingly someone in favour of the school gets lots of positive votes.

It looks like someone has been voting repeatedly against the opponents of the school!

It's not a difficult thing to do, you just need a slight knowledge of computing, but it can be used to 'prove' whatever you like.
How amazing, people who are opposed to this school suddenly get several thumbs down votes, yet amazingly someone in favour of the school gets lots of positive votes. It looks like someone has been voting repeatedly against the opponents of the school! It's not a difficult thing to do, you just need a slight knowledge of computing, but it can be used to 'prove' whatever you like. DaveBurnley
  • Score: -2

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