Councillor Ray Gooding: We still think Deanes should close

Unrepentant – councillor responsible for education Ray Gooding

Unrepentant – councillor responsible for education Ray Gooding

First published in Echo News by

THE county councillor in charge of education in Essex is still insisting the decision to shut the school was made in “the best educational interests” of pupils.

After seeing his decision overturned by a Government inspector, councillor Ray Gooding said he still stood by the closure decision.

He is also quite adamant Deanes will not be getting any of the £23million set aside in 2012 to rebuild the school.

Mr Gooding said: “Our decision to close Deanes School was always made with the best educational interests of pupils in mind, both now and in the future, and we stand by our commitment to ensuring all pupils receive the best education possible.

“The adjudicator has taken the decision to give the school a chance of survival and we will now work with it to manage this process.

“Officers at Essex County Council are extremely professional and while it is up to the school now to ensure it is viable, we will do whatever necessary to secure the future of the school.

“In response to the report, we have had conversations with the school about other options and we have always recognised the significant importance the school has in the community.

“The report clearly shows the processes we have gone through have been right and correct and we have really been pretty good in terms of calculating pupil numbers and growth in the Thundersley area, which was always a contentious issue.”

He reiterated there were no plans for the council to fund the rebuilding of the school, explaining: “We continue to believe the school is not viable. The issue about Deanes is it is not a small school. It has about 50 per cent extra places.

“The rebuilding represents a significant capital expenditure, and 600 pupils was a base level it would need to be suitable for rebuilding.

“This is something we need to discuss further, because the rebuilding is of major importance to Glenwood School, which needs new facilities.”

Mr Gooding said he did not feel the council had anything to learn from its handling of the closure process – regardless of the fact the first parents knew of closure plans was when they read about them in the Echo, while even Appleton and King John School parents were told before those at Deanes.

Mr Gooding added: “Frankly, I do not feel we have much to learn from this and I stand by our decision.

“We are sorry about the way the news came out, but it came out through your paper. It is something I am concerned about and I will be looking into it further.

“I am sure everyone in that area hates me, but what can you do?”

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9:41am Thu 27 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

Has this bloke got a personal vendetta against Deanes?

No doubt the electorate will remember this when it's time for local elections
Has this bloke got a personal vendetta against Deanes? No doubt the electorate will remember this when it's time for local elections Howard Cháse
  • Score: 19

10:06am Thu 27 Feb 14

andy:) says...

What an arrogant twonk !

The adjudicator whilst agreeing that pupils numbers probably would fall did bring some important points, that plenty of other schools operate with smaller numbers, that it may be possible to close some of Deanes building, just becuase it was built for a certain number doesnt mean it cant be used for a smaller number of pupils.

There has been no serious look into how King John and Appleton would cope, would they need more building ?, would planning prmission be given ?, how would this affect already crowded schools, how would this affect already very congested areas ?.

There was no serious look at how closing Deanes would affect the numerous groups/clubs that use its sports facilities ?

I could go on...and Mr Goodling says he has nothing to learn from the outcome, everyone learns from their mistakes in life, except Ray of course, has it ever dawned on him that perhaps he is wrong and everyone is right ?

I too hope people remember this at election time BUT it is well known that everyone who voted for Deanes closure all represent North Essex rural communities and have no connection with Deanes or the Southend/South East Essex area.
What an arrogant twonk ! The adjudicator whilst agreeing that pupils numbers probably would fall did bring some important points, that plenty of other schools operate with smaller numbers, that it may be possible to close some of Deanes building, just becuase it was built for a certain number doesnt mean it cant be used for a smaller number of pupils. There has been no serious look into how King John and Appleton would cope, would they need more building ?, would planning prmission be given ?, how would this affect already crowded schools, how would this affect already very congested areas ?. There was no serious look at how closing Deanes would affect the numerous groups/clubs that use its sports facilities ? I could go on...and Mr Goodling says he has nothing to learn from the outcome, everyone learns from their mistakes in life, except Ray of course, has it ever dawned on him that perhaps he is wrong and everyone is right ? I too hope people remember this at election time BUT it is well known that everyone who voted for Deanes closure all represent North Essex rural communities and have no connection with Deanes or the Southend/South East Essex area. andy:)
  • Score: 22

10:48am Thu 27 Feb 14

SARFENDMAN says...

Nothing like being gracious in defeat when proven so blatantly obviously wrong. Apology might be more appropriate than taking an arrogant self opinionated stance.
Nothing like being gracious in defeat when proven so blatantly obviously wrong. Apology might be more appropriate than taking an arrogant self opinionated stance. SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 19

11:03am Thu 27 Feb 14

Mattster says...

Shameless Scum
Shameless Scum Mattster
  • Score: 14

11:32am Thu 27 Feb 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Having been shown, by the Government, to be utterly incompetent over his stance towards The Deanes school, perhaps he will do the last act of decency,
RESIGN
Having been shown, by the Government, to be utterly incompetent over his stance towards The Deanes school, perhaps he will do the last act of decency, RESIGN carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 20

12:27pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Ian P says...

Ray Gooding said: 'The adjudicator has taken the decision to give the school a chance of survival and we will now work with it to manage this process'. In my opinion they survived despite your hinderance and are now more than capable of prospering without any assistance from you.
Ray Gooding said: 'The adjudicator has taken the decision to give the school a chance of survival and we will now work with it to manage this process'. In my opinion they survived despite your hinderance and are now more than capable of prospering without any assistance from you. Ian P
  • Score: 22

3:32pm Thu 27 Feb 14

yellowfairy says...

....And we think you should resign for trying to throw your bullying weight around. But you didn't come out the winner this time, so glad you've got egg on your face.
....And we think you should resign for trying to throw your bullying weight around. But you didn't come out the winner this time, so glad you've got egg on your face. yellowfairy
  • Score: 12

3:47pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Rachie says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Has this bloke got a personal vendetta against Deanes?

No doubt the electorate will remember this when it's time for local elections
Unfortunately his constituency is Stansted, who's voters probably know nothing of our Deanes :(

There is something he could do though.... Resign!
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Has this bloke got a personal vendetta against Deanes? No doubt the electorate will remember this when it's time for local elections[/p][/quote]Unfortunately his constituency is Stansted, who's voters probably know nothing of our Deanes :( There is something he could do though.... Resign! Rachie
  • Score: 10

5:13pm Thu 27 Feb 14

John T Pharro says...

I have seen some arrogant self optionated people before, but this person tops the lot. As my old Nan used to say "you can't educate a fool".
I have seen some arrogant self optionated people before, but this person tops the lot. As my old Nan used to say "you can't educate a fool". John T Pharro
  • Score: 9

8:07pm Thu 27 Feb 14

saveDeanesschool says...

WE STILL THINK YOU SHOULD RESIGN.
WE STILL THINK YOU SHOULD RESIGN. saveDeanesschool
  • Score: 10

8:17pm Thu 27 Feb 14

jolllyboy says...

he can think what he likes - he is obviously wrong. If he denies Deanes the money then they should get legal advise. he is bound by govt in the decision and if he makes it an impossible situation then he is just b minded. he has to go there is no doubt about that.
he can think what he likes - he is obviously wrong. If he denies Deanes the money then they should get legal advise. he is bound by govt in the decision and if he makes it an impossible situation then he is just b minded. he has to go there is no doubt about that. jolllyboy
  • Score: 6

4:56pm Fri 28 Feb 14

yellowfairy says...

Nickynackynahnah, you won Deanes but your not having your money. Pathetic, this is from a councillor we're mean't to look up to, there's only 2 things i want to put up at him. For god sake man grow up, do the right thing admit you were wrong and move on before your embarrassingly removed from your post (cretin).
Nickynackynahnah, you won Deanes but your not having your money. Pathetic, this is from a councillor we're mean't to look up to, there's only 2 things i want to put up at him. For god sake man grow up, do the right thing admit you were wrong and move on before your embarrassingly removed from your post (cretin). yellowfairy
  • Score: 4

10:22pm Fri 28 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

**“I am sure everyone in that area hates me, but what can you do?”**

Resign?
**“I am sure everyone in that area hates me, but what can you do?”** Resign? ThisYear
  • Score: 2

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