Thousands of unfilled school places revealed

Southend Standard: Thousands of unfilled school places revealed Thousands of unfilled school places revealed

BASILDON’S secondary schools have almost 2,000 spare places, new figures have revealed.

The statistics, obtained by the Echo from Essex County Council, reveal a total of 1,881 unfilled places in the ten secondary schools in Basildon, Billericay and Wickford. Latest forecasts predict this could reach 2,014 next year.

The two Basildon Academies alone have a total of 1,501 empty desks between them, with the Upper Academy almost halfempty, with 733 pupils in the 1400- place school. At the Lower Academy, 516 of the 1,350 places are vacant.

The New Campus Basildon Studio School, which opened in September, has 242 spare places.

Concerns have been raised that poor standards are creating a mass-exodus, as parents look for better schools outside the borough.

Five secondary schools are currently ranked “satisfactory” or worse by Ofsted and this year, a fifth of Basildon’s Year 7 pupils in Basildon opted to go the schools outside the borough.

Ray Gooding, county councillor responsible for education admitted: “Education in Basildon has been a concern for a few years.

“We have worked hard to assist schools and advise on improvements.

This has proved more difficult in the case of academies, as we have limited powers to intervene.

“Over the past year, we have worked hard with Basildon schools and Basildon Council to identify action to improve education in the borough. We are fully committed to improving education for children in Basildon and hope continued efforts will result in even more parents choosing to send their children to local schools.”

Basildon Council wants to allow 12,500 new homes in the borough over the next 18 years, and anticipates a need for five new primary schools and one new secondary in the borough.

Council leader Tony Ball said: “The key to addressing the problem is raising standards to encourage pupils to attend local schools.”

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8:03am Mon 16 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Similar in Castle Point, not rocket science to understand the need for the Deanes closure....
Similar in Castle Point, not rocket science to understand the need for the Deanes closure.... Nowthatsworthknowing

8:49am Mon 16 Dec 13

Southend Andy says...

Why not put a free bus on for the deans school kids to go to basildon? Oh I forget the mums & dads don't want there little darling who can't do no wrong to go to a failing school.
Why not put a free bus on for the deans school kids to go to basildon? Oh I forget the mums & dads don't want there little darling who can't do no wrong to go to a failing school. Southend Andy

11:24am Mon 16 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

Who would want to send their children to The Basildon Academies these days given the widely reported instability of the management/governors and the revolving door hire and fire staffing policy?

It must only be children from the immediate catchment area and those whose parents can't afford the bus farez or tbe petrol to send them to half decent school that get lumbered with the place.

See so many children in Basildon Academies uniforms loitering about the nearby housing estates in school hours it's no wonder there are so many empty desks....
Who would want to send their children to The Basildon Academies these days given the widely reported instability of the management/governors and the revolving door hire and fire staffing policy? It must only be children from the immediate catchment area and those whose parents can't afford the bus farez or tbe petrol to send them to half decent school that get lumbered with the place. See so many children in Basildon Academies uniforms loitering about the nearby housing estates in school hours it's no wonder there are so many empty desks.... Howard Cháse

6:39pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Southend Andy wrote:
Why not put a free bus on for the deans school kids to go to basildon? Oh I forget the mums & dads don't want there little darling who can't do no wrong to go to a failing school.
Let them walk, good exercise....
[quote][p][bold]Southend Andy[/bold] wrote: Why not put a free bus on for the deans school kids to go to basildon? Oh I forget the mums & dads don't want there little darling who can't do no wrong to go to a failing school.[/p][/quote]Let them walk, good exercise.... Nowthatsworthknowing

7:18pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Tich25 says...

The teachers arent allowed to be tough enough to turn the schools around.
Idoits dont want to learn so idoits in idiots out so failing schools
The teachers arent allowed to be tough enough to turn the schools around. Idoits dont want to learn so idoits in idiots out so failing schools Tich25

8:19pm Mon 16 Dec 13

spectator says...

Things will not change for these unfortunate kids unless the Chair of Governors, Livermore; the sponsor, Finegold; and the present senior management team go. They have had long enough to put things right and it's obvious they can't. They are the failures, not the kids. Kids are the same mix all over the country - bright, average and not so bright - it's nothing to do with where you live. It's how and what you teach them that counts, both at home and at school. Oh yes, and offer better wages for teachers and you'll get better applicants.
Things will not change for these unfortunate kids unless the Chair of Governors, Livermore; the sponsor, Finegold; and the present senior management team go. They have had long enough to put things right and it's obvious they can't. They are the failures, not the kids. Kids are the same mix all over the country - bright, average and not so bright - it's nothing to do with where you live. It's how and what you teach them that counts, both at home and at school. Oh yes, and offer better wages for teachers and you'll get better applicants. spectator

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