Site of Southend's first free school revealed

Southend Standard: YMCA chief executive Syrie Cox outside the building set to be Southend's first free school YMCA chief executive Syrie Cox outside the building set to be Southend's first free school

THE YMCA has unveiled the building it plans to use for Southend’s first free school.

The charity plans to convert the iconic Ticket House in East Street into a school for 50 vulnerable teenagers, the Echo can exclusively reveal.

The Department for Education has approved funding to convert the former Essex Yeomanry building and the charity only has to pass a few final checks before opening in September.

Chief executive Syrie Cox said: “It’s wonderful that we have been approved and we have got this far. It has been a lot of work.

“If you see it as a race, we can see the final line, and the finishing tape!

“When the school is open we will try to build on its success, it’s relationships with the community and local employers.”

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7:03pm Thu 25 Apr 13

jayman says...

oh this is priceless.. a great start for the ailing free school movement in Southend.

"school for 50 vulnerable teenagers"

sited next to the 'Railway pub'
right next to a train track.
on a busy road.

i would like to suggest 'Barling' as an ideal location for such an establishment. leafy lanes and countryside ect.

I signed up the army there. its a very small location to educate 50 children.
oh this is priceless.. a great start for the ailing free school movement in Southend. "school for 50 vulnerable teenagers" sited next to the 'Railway pub' right next to a train track. on a busy road. i would like to suggest 'Barling' as an ideal location for such an establishment. leafy lanes and countryside ect. I signed up the army there. its a very small location to educate 50 children. jayman

7:28pm Thu 25 Apr 13

Joe Wildman-Clark says...

There is a parcel of land out the back that is currently used for car/motor home sales perhaps an extension could be built in a few years time, however it's good to see the building coming back in to use, and not left to rot and decay.
There is a parcel of land out the back that is currently used for car/motor home sales perhaps an extension could be built in a few years time, however it's good to see the building coming back in to use, and not left to rot and decay. Joe Wildman-Clark

7:42pm Thu 25 Apr 13

jayman says...

Joe Wildman-Clark wrote:
There is a parcel of land out the back that is currently used for car/motor home sales perhaps an extension could be built in a few years time, however it's good to see the building coming back in to use, and not left to rot and decay.
i agree in regards to using the building but not for this purpose.

Its not an appropriate location or size.

If this is what the substance of a free school is then I can only say that my preconceptions of what the Tories where doing to our education system where valid and now 'proved'
[quote][p][bold]Joe Wildman-Clark[/bold] wrote: There is a parcel of land out the back that is currently used for car/motor home sales perhaps an extension could be built in a few years time, however it's good to see the building coming back in to use, and not left to rot and decay.[/p][/quote]i agree in regards to using the building but not for this purpose. Its not an appropriate location or size. If this is what the substance of a free school is then I can only say that my preconceptions of what the Tories where doing to our education system where valid and now 'proved' jayman

2:18pm Mon 29 Apr 13

emcee says...

Why is it I have a niggling feeling that all this "Free School" business will come back to haunt us ten years, twenty years down the line, if not sooner, financially or otherwise.
Why is it I have a niggling feeling that all this "Free School" business will come back to haunt us ten years, twenty years down the line, if not sooner, financially or otherwise. emcee

5:02pm Mon 29 Apr 13

John T Pharro says...

Free or whatever else the title it is (government) taxpayer funded. We had a "school" for pupils such as those for this school on Canvey funded by the government, but privately run. It was put in an old Doctor's surgery, smack in a residential area, on a main road, no playground area whatsoever, the pupils were taxied in everyday and there behaviour so bad there was sometimes a police presence. It was a total disaster and failed totally it's Ofsted inspection and closed.
Now what has been pointed out one thing these pupils need is space to let off steam and I have grave fears this location is suitable.
Free or whatever else the title it is (government) taxpayer funded. We had a "school" for pupils such as those for this school on Canvey funded by the government, but privately run. It was put in an old Doctor's surgery, smack in a residential area, on a main road, no playground area whatsoever, the pupils were taxied in everyday and there behaviour so bad there was sometimes a police presence. It was a total disaster and failed totally it's Ofsted inspection and closed. Now what has been pointed out one thing these pupils need is space to let off steam and I have grave fears this location is suitable. John T Pharro

5:34pm Mon 29 Apr 13

marybelle says...

John T Pharro wrote:
Free or whatever else the title it is (government) taxpayer funded. We had a "school" for pupils such as those for this school on Canvey funded by the government, but privately run. It was put in an old Doctor's surgery, smack in a residential area, on a main road, no playground area whatsoever, the pupils were taxied in everyday and there behaviour so bad there was sometimes a police presence. It was a total disaster and failed totally it's Ofsted inspection and closed.
Now what has been pointed out one thing these pupils need is space to let off steam and I have grave fears this location is suitable.
Well said John, very true and a good point.

Hope that is PC.
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: Free or whatever else the title it is (government) taxpayer funded. We had a "school" for pupils such as those for this school on Canvey funded by the government, but privately run. It was put in an old Doctor's surgery, smack in a residential area, on a main road, no playground area whatsoever, the pupils were taxied in everyday and there behaviour so bad there was sometimes a police presence. It was a total disaster and failed totally it's Ofsted inspection and closed. Now what has been pointed out one thing these pupils need is space to let off steam and I have grave fears this location is suitable.[/p][/quote]Well said John, very true and a good point. Hope that is PC. marybelle

9:22pm Mon 29 Apr 13

Diannah says...

Free Schools! Conservatives' biggest mistake!
Free Schools! Conservatives' biggest mistake! Diannah

11:45am Tue 30 Apr 13

jayman says...

John T Pharro wrote:
Free or whatever else the title it is (government) taxpayer funded. We had a "school" for pupils such as those for this school on Canvey funded by the government, but privately run. It was put in an old Doctor's surgery, smack in a residential area, on a main road, no playground area whatsoever, the pupils were taxied in everyday and there behaviour so bad there was sometimes a police presence. It was a total disaster and failed totally it's Ofsted inspection and closed.
Now what has been pointed out one thing these pupils need is space to let off steam and I have grave fears this location is suitable.
'free' its a Tory in-house joke with a historic theme 'free' or 'for the poor'
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: Free or whatever else the title it is (government) taxpayer funded. We had a "school" for pupils such as those for this school on Canvey funded by the government, but privately run. It was put in an old Doctor's surgery, smack in a residential area, on a main road, no playground area whatsoever, the pupils were taxied in everyday and there behaviour so bad there was sometimes a police presence. It was a total disaster and failed totally it's Ofsted inspection and closed. Now what has been pointed out one thing these pupils need is space to let off steam and I have grave fears this location is suitable.[/p][/quote]'free' its a Tory in-house joke with a historic theme 'free' or 'for the poor' jayman

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