Holy Trinity free school funding plan confirmed

Kidderminster Shuttle: Holy Trinity free school funding plan confirmed Holy Trinity free school funding plan confirmed

AFTER a gruelling two-year application process, funding for a Kidderminster independent school to become a free school has been given the go-ahead.

The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed it will be drafting a funding agreement to enable Holy Trinity International School, in Birmingham Road, to become Holy Trinity Free School from September this year. The Government department granted free school status at the second time of asking last year but staff have had to wait until now to finalise plans.

It has proven a controversial process and the free school decision has split parents, teachers and councillors in Kidderminster. Holy Trinity headteacher Pamela Leak-Wright has said it would give parents a wider choice of school and make its education available to those previously unable to afford the up to £3,465 a term fees.

Critics, including lead opposition education spokeswoman on Worcestershire County Council, Liberal councillor Fran Oborski, however, have questioned the need for a free school in the area and its benefits to the taxpayer.

Of the DfE's latest announcement, Mrs Leek-Wright said: "This is brilliant news. We have been working hard on our plans for more than two years and we are very pleased to be able to tell everyone we will be opening our doors in September to a large number of new pupils.

"Holy Trinity School has been in existence for more than 110 years and its long tradition of academic excellence and pastoral care will now be accessible to the whole community free of charge."

The move will see Holy Trinity continue as a school for four to 18-year-olds with up to 454 pupils when opening in September and the number is due to rise gradually over a five year period to 688 students in the school year 2018/19.

The school will be run by the Holy Trinity Academy Trust, a body separate from the current owners International Education Systems (IES).

In a letter to the academy trust's chairman of governors Nicola Reeve, parliamentary under secretary of state for schools Lord Nash wrote: "I am very please to confirm the secretary of state has agreed to enter into a funding agreement with Holy Trinity Academy Trust in relation to Holy Trinity Free School.

"I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the great commitment and energy which you and your colleagues have shown in reaching this point. Free schools form an integral part of the Government's education policy to improve choice and drive up standards in schools. I am therefore delighted Holy Trinity Free School will bring new opportunities for children in the Kidderminster area."

Holy Trinity's first free school bid in 2012 - for September, 2013 - was unsuccessful but it was accepted when it applied again a year later. Free schools are non-profit making, independent state-funded schools, which have an obligation not to be academically selective.

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10:11am Wed 16 Apr 14

GGmommy says...

Exciting times ahead! I am sure that a lot of local children will benefit from this lovely, caring and successful school. Well done to all involved.
Exciting times ahead! I am sure that a lot of local children will benefit from this lovely, caring and successful school. Well done to all involved. GGmommy
  • Score: -15

10:45am Wed 16 Apr 14

khfc says...

Why has the school turned down applications from children with special educational needs?
Why has the school turned down applications from children with special educational needs? khfc
  • Score: 13

10:54am Wed 16 Apr 14

GGmommy says...

I am simply a parent and cannot comment on specific cases as I do not have access to them. All I know is that Worcestershire LA is controlling all entries into Reception and Year 7, the school is independent of this decisions.

It is my understanding that admissions into other years in the school has been put on hold until September to allow fair access to all rather than allowing people to enter and pay a term's fee to guarantee them a place. I am sure that the school would not turn down any pupil based on SEN's, it is not selective in that manner.
I am simply a parent and cannot comment on specific cases as I do not have access to them. All I know is that Worcestershire LA is controlling all entries into Reception and Year 7, the school is independent of this decisions. It is my understanding that admissions into other years in the school has been put on hold until September to allow fair access to all rather than allowing people to enter and pay a term's fee to guarantee them a place. I am sure that the school would not turn down any pupil based on SEN's, it is not selective in that manner. GGmommy
  • Score: -15

1:12pm Wed 16 Apr 14

green02 says...

My child has been turned down a place (year 6) in Sept 14 despite attending the nursery for several years & myself also going to the school .....home is literally round the corner too...if we had paid for her to go few months ago as suggested by the school then there would be no issue now.... Very Unfair
My child has been turned down a place (year 6) in Sept 14 despite attending the nursery for several years & myself also going to the school .....home is literally round the corner too...if we had paid for her to go few months ago as suggested by the school then there would be no issue now.... Very Unfair green02
  • Score: 9

3:48pm Wed 16 Apr 14

khfc says...

So are you suggesting priority is given to those that ALREADY pay for their child's education? So this "free school" sees taxpayers footing the bill for parents who would otherwise be prepared to pay for a private education? Hmmmm, surely not?
So are you suggesting priority is given to those that ALREADY pay for their child's education? So this "free school" sees taxpayers footing the bill for parents who would otherwise be prepared to pay for a private education? Hmmmm, surely not? khfc
  • Score: 16

3:51pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Gobby Robby says...

Pushes chair back, inhales from large cigar, drinks from a large snifter of brandy......arrrrr..
...this victory tastes sweet, probably the sweetest tasting victory ever ;-)

All I can say to those who voted for this immoral educational decision thinking that they'd be getting a private education for free at the expense of the local community...........
..I toooooold you soooooo :-) ;-)

De dedu det derr det de det durrrrrrr ;-)
Pushes chair back, inhales from large cigar, drinks from a large snifter of brandy......arrrrr.. ...this victory tastes sweet, probably the sweetest tasting victory ever ;-) All I can say to those who voted for this immoral educational decision thinking that they'd be getting a private education for free at the expense of the local community........... ..I toooooold you soooooo :-) ;-) De dedu det derr det de det durrrrrrr ;-) Gobby Robby
  • Score: 11

1:05am Thu 17 Apr 14

JKay00 says...

Ah yes, austerity, except when it's for a Tory pet project. Well done taxpayers, you are now writing off the debt of a failing private school, and now paying for an unneeded state school.
Ah yes, austerity, except when it's for a Tory pet project. Well done taxpayers, you are now writing off the debt of a failing private school, and now paying for an unneeded state school. JKay00
  • Score: 15

1:22pm Thu 17 Apr 14

newsgirl1 says...

The school has choice over ALL its admissions but Reception and Year 7 applications go via the local authority.I am concerned too that as a parent who planned on continuing to pay for private education therefore placed my child into nursey from age 5 months is now unlikely to gain a place in a years time.I totally understand views from both sides and the tax payers money etc however as a parent who simply placeed their child into the school before any knowledge of free school application was announced i am annoyed that HTS seems to have forgotten its loyal patrons .Shame on you Holy Trinity for not displaying the same loyalty and intergity that you try and instill into your students.
The school has choice over ALL its admissions but Reception and Year 7 applications go via the local authority.I am concerned too that as a parent who planned on continuing to pay for private education therefore placed my child into nursey from age 5 months is now unlikely to gain a place in a years time.I totally understand views from both sides and the tax payers money etc however as a parent who simply placeed their child into the school before any knowledge of free school application was announced i am annoyed that HTS seems to have forgotten its loyal patrons .Shame on you Holy Trinity for not displaying the same loyalty and intergity that you try and instill into your students. newsgirl1
  • Score: -3

8:01pm Thu 17 Apr 14

David Murdoch Head Chef says...

Aha..
Gobby robby is drinking
Aha.. Gobby robby is drinking David Murdoch Head Chef
  • Score: 3

8:53pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Gobby Robby says...

That was 24 hours ago David, and yes i'm still celebrating. I think I deserve it after the hours I put in on here for the general public's edification over this lamentable issue. But sadly, like in a parable, they failed to act on my good instruction and therefore invoked the predicted and heartbreaking outcomes mentioned above. On the plus side it's left me with a very warm feeling inside ;-)
That was 24 hours ago David, and yes i'm still celebrating. I think I deserve it after the hours I put in on here for the general public's edification over this lamentable issue. But sadly, like in a parable, they failed to act on my good instruction and therefore invoked the predicted and heartbreaking outcomes mentioned above. On the plus side it's left me with a very warm feeling inside ;-) Gobby Robby
  • Score: -2

10:38pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Dawnguard says...

We are new to the area and live within walking distance of HTS (closer even than St George's on account of not having to cross the road). I was surprised to read the controversity surrounding this issue - our 4 yr old will start Sept, the application process was through Worc CC not the school. FYI we could not afford private eduction and have just applied to the nearest school - some of our neighbours children have also been accepted so from personal experience it is benefitting local families.
We are new to the area and live within walking distance of HTS (closer even than St George's on account of not having to cross the road). I was surprised to read the controversity surrounding this issue - our 4 yr old will start Sept, the application process was through Worc CC not the school. FYI we could not afford private eduction and have just applied to the nearest school - some of our neighbours children have also been accepted so from personal experience it is benefitting local families. Dawnguard
  • Score: 5

11:11pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Gobby Robby says...

Hmmmm, new to the area eh? Didn't move next door to get your private education free eh? This is getting better & better, another prediction possibly come true, time to spark up the crack pipe.

"so from personal experience it is benefitting local families" and that in a nutshell is what the HTS supporters can't see beyond, self interest versus rational empiricism in support of the whole community.
Hmmmm, new to the area eh? Didn't move next door to get your private education free eh? This is getting better & better, another prediction possibly come true, time to spark up the crack pipe. "so from personal experience it is benefitting local families" and that in a nutshell is what the HTS supporters can't see beyond, self interest versus rational empiricism in support of the whole community. Gobby Robby
  • Score: -5

11:57pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Dawnguard says...

Gobby, what sort of point are you trying to make; that you're a troll or that you actually believe in the issue? We moved 2 years ago, primary schools were not at the forethought of our choice - moving within walking distance to the train station to get to Birmingham was. We didn't even know about the application some 2 years and 6 months ago when we placed the offer on the house. Do behave old boy.
Gobby, what sort of point are you trying to make; that you're a troll or that you actually believe in the issue? We moved 2 years ago, primary schools were not at the forethought of our choice - moving within walking distance to the train station to get to Birmingham was. We didn't even know about the application some 2 years and 6 months ago when we placed the offer on the house. Do behave old boy. Dawnguard
  • Score: 3

6:45am Fri 18 Apr 14

GGmommy says...

Dawnguard welcome to the school. My son is in reception and has had the most amazing year so far. It's a wonderful school!

Unfortunately people are too keen to criticise this move as they fail to see the fact that it will add a great school into the mix of provision for local children. Instead they see it through their political prejudice. Every time there has been criticism about access or inclusion the school has corrected the rumours and yet people do not listen, instead personal comments are thrown about in defence. I can understand some of the reservations about the free school movement in general, it has not received the best press across the country but I know that HTS has had to go through very rigorous checks and investigations to ensure the high standards will remain. The school will surely adapt and change a little but I believe it will offer some of the best education in the local area.
Dawnguard welcome to the school. My son is in reception and has had the most amazing year so far. It's a wonderful school! Unfortunately people are too keen to criticise this move as they fail to see the fact that it will add a great school into the mix of provision for local children. Instead they see it through their political prejudice. Every time there has been criticism about access or inclusion the school has corrected the rumours and yet people do not listen, instead personal comments are thrown about in defence. I can understand some of the reservations about the free school movement in general, it has not received the best press across the country but I know that HTS has had to go through very rigorous checks and investigations to ensure the high standards will remain. The school will surely adapt and change a little but I believe it will offer some of the best education in the local area. GGmommy
  • Score: 5

8:38am Fri 18 Apr 14

swilder says...

khfc wrote:
So are you suggesting priority is given to those that ALREADY pay for their child's education? So this "free school" sees taxpayers footing the bill for parents who would otherwise be prepared to pay for a private education? Hmmmm, surely not?
Do you expect them to chuck out children who already attend as the school transitions? Regardless of their parents' preferences, lets remember there are children involved who don't have a choice which school they attend (at least while they are younger) and it would hardly be fair to tell them they have to possibly leave the only school they know.
And lets face it, the school has only been able to get the final funding agreement by demonstrating there had been enough applications at Reception and Year 7 level therefore proving there are parents to want the education HTS offer for their children.
[quote][p][bold]khfc[/bold] wrote: So are you suggesting priority is given to those that ALREADY pay for their child's education? So this "free school" sees taxpayers footing the bill for parents who would otherwise be prepared to pay for a private education? Hmmmm, surely not?[/p][/quote]Do you expect them to chuck out children who already attend as the school transitions? Regardless of their parents' preferences, lets remember there are children involved who don't have a choice which school they attend (at least while they are younger) and it would hardly be fair to tell them they have to possibly leave the only school they know. And lets face it, the school has only been able to get the final funding agreement by demonstrating there had been enough applications at Reception and Year 7 level therefore proving there are parents to want the education HTS offer for their children. swilder
  • Score: 2

9:33am Fri 18 Apr 14

khfc says...

Of course it wouldn't be fair to chuck them out................

........ but the government is using our money to buy the land and buildings of a private school (which is in debt). We hear this talk of "choice" which is difficult to argue against but surely the question should be "is there a shortage of secondary school places in Kidderminster?" If there isn't then why is this school needed? I am not aware that any schools in the area are failing so, again, why is the school actually needed? Those that talk about a "fantastic education" are judging this on their current intake of students (self motivated children whose parents have paid). Good luck to HTS - I only hope they take a truly inclusive intake of students from all demographics (will you be so keen for your kids to go there then?) and continue to do so well academically. Will they work with other local schools whereby students that are off the rails change schools for a period of time (or maybe permanently)? Will the parents of the current students at HTS like it if the badly behaved student who was kicked out of Stourport/Baxter/Kin
g Charles turns up at Holy Trinity?
Of course it wouldn't be fair to chuck them out................ ........ but the government is using our money to buy the land and buildings of a private school (which is in debt). We hear this talk of "choice" which is difficult to argue against but surely the question should be "is there a shortage of secondary school places in Kidderminster?" If there isn't then why is this school needed? I am not aware that any schools in the area are failing so, again, why is the school actually needed? Those that talk about a "fantastic education" are judging this on their current intake of students (self motivated children whose parents have paid). Good luck to HTS - I only hope they take a truly inclusive intake of students from all demographics (will you be so keen for your kids to go there then?) and continue to do so well academically. Will they work with other local schools whereby students that are off the rails change schools for a period of time (or maybe permanently)? Will the parents of the current students at HTS like it if the badly behaved student who was kicked out of Stourport/Baxter/Kin g Charles turns up at Holy Trinity? khfc
  • Score: 3

11:45am Fri 18 Apr 14

Dawnguard says...

Thank you GGmommy, we're all looking forward to Sept, it will be good to have a short stroll to what seems to be a nice friendly school.
Thank you GGmommy, we're all looking forward to Sept, it will be good to have a short stroll to what seems to be a nice friendly school. Dawnguard
  • Score: 3

1:30pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Gobby Robby says...

@Dawnguard - the points I & many others have made have been numerous so I have no interest in repeating them for the 20th time...especially as the HTS supporters were unable to grasp them in the first place. Not that it matters now as the bad guys won. If you want to see an argument won "spectacularly on so many different levels.....On one side an evidence based approach, the other, apparently the aspirational & ambitious elite, hung by their own arrogant petard, reduced to just throwing insults and nothing else" then check this out:

http://www.kiddermin
stershuttle.co.uk/ne
ws/letters/10013700.
This_school_is_not_f
ull_of____rich____ki
ds/

Although there are many others if you tap Holy Trinity School Free School into The Shuttle search engine. If you wonder what i'm gloating for then i'll quote myself from another argument here http://www.kiddermin
stershuttle.co.uk/ne
ws/10435236.Holy_Tri
nity_granted_free_sc
hool_status/

In answer to this question "if it is not needed then why did so many people express an interest for their children?" I replied
"So many people expressed an interest because they think their kids are going to get a private school education free with requisite small class sizes you pratt. Another school for parents to choose from??? No it won't because there are so few places, especially ater the best pupils have been creamed off. I must say I can't wait for the uproar when all those dorks who voted for this can't get their kids in start whining. It'll be almost worth this travesty of a decision in itself!"

So i'll just repeat that last bit " I can't wait for the uproar when all those dorks who voted for this can't get their kids in start whining. It'll be almost worth this travesty of a decision in itself!" ;-)
@Dawnguard - the points I & many others have made have been numerous so I have no interest in repeating them for the 20th time...especially as the HTS supporters were unable to grasp them in the first place. Not that it matters now as the bad guys won. If you want to see an argument won "spectacularly on so many different levels.....On one side an evidence based approach, the other, apparently the aspirational & ambitious elite, hung by their own arrogant petard, reduced to just throwing insults and nothing else" then check this out: http://www.kiddermin stershuttle.co.uk/ne ws/letters/10013700. This_school_is_not_f ull_of____rich____ki ds/ Although there are many others if you tap Holy Trinity School Free School into The Shuttle search engine. If you wonder what i'm gloating for then i'll quote myself from another argument here http://www.kiddermin stershuttle.co.uk/ne ws/10435236.Holy_Tri nity_granted_free_sc hool_status/ In answer to this question "if it is not needed then why did so many people express an interest for their children?" I replied "So many people expressed an interest because they think their kids are going to get a private school education free with requisite small class sizes you pratt. Another school for parents to choose from??? No it won't because there are so few places, especially ater the best pupils have been creamed off. I must say I can't wait for the uproar when all those dorks who voted for this can't get their kids in start whining. It'll be almost worth this travesty of a decision in itself!" So i'll just repeat that last bit " I can't wait for the uproar when all those dorks who voted for this can't get their kids in start whining. It'll be almost worth this travesty of a decision in itself!" ;-) Gobby Robby
  • Score: 1

2:17pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Dawnguard says...

Gobby, fair enough. I see that this issue has rumbled on for some time now, so I'll refrain from pitching in any further. My original post was just to highlight our experience. I was relocated from Bristol to Birmingham with little notice, so in terms of where it was just a case of trying to find the same sort of house for the same sort of price and not too far to commute (Hagley would have been good but they were unwilling to double my wages - miserable sods).
Gobby, fair enough. I see that this issue has rumbled on for some time now, so I'll refrain from pitching in any further. My original post was just to highlight our experience. I was relocated from Bristol to Birmingham with little notice, so in terms of where it was just a case of trying to find the same sort of house for the same sort of price and not too far to commute (Hagley would have been good but they were unwilling to double my wages - miserable sods). Dawnguard
  • Score: 5

3:13pm Fri 18 Apr 14

JKay00 says...

Stop defending a waste of tax-payers money because it's 'more convenient' or that 'I want to pretend I send my child to a private school, because I'm a huge snob.' The population of the Wyre Forest has been stagnant for thirty years. The number of young families has decreased also, as the just aren't the jobs around here to support those who desire a career. There are too many schools for the number of children in the district as it is, so another is just a total waste of money and a con to bail out a fiscally incompetent private institution.
Stop defending a waste of tax-payers money because it's 'more convenient' or that 'I want to pretend I send my child to a private school, because I'm a huge snob.' The population of the Wyre Forest has been stagnant for thirty years. The number of young families has decreased also, as the just aren't the jobs around here to support those who desire a career. There are too many schools for the number of children in the district as it is, so another is just a total waste of money and a con to bail out a fiscally incompetent private institution. JKay00
  • Score: 5

5:58pm Fri 18 Apr 14

GGmommy says...

Go out and get some time in the sunshine instead of writing on here...you never know it might cheer you up!
Go out and get some time in the sunshine instead of writing on here...you never know it might cheer you up! GGmommy
  • Score: 0

6:06pm Fri 18 Apr 14

newsgirl1 says...

I have been reading these comments and I have points that I agree with in all.. However whilst I am pleased for those that will benefit from the school perhaps you you should also consider that your benefit means that those loyal to the school for many years , paying several thousands of pounds may have to move their child as they don't choose to live in this catchment area!
Being pleased is one thing and HTS is a lovely place to learn but to gloat I feel is inappropriate and a little inconsiderate
I have been reading these comments and I have points that I agree with in all.. However whilst I am pleased for those that will benefit from the school perhaps you you should also consider that your benefit means that those loyal to the school for many years , paying several thousands of pounds may have to move their child as they don't choose to live in this catchment area! Being pleased is one thing and HTS is a lovely place to learn but to gloat I feel is inappropriate and a little inconsiderate newsgirl1
  • Score: -4

8:10pm Fri 18 Apr 14

David Murdoch Head Chef says...

The government is using our money
Ok
A delinquent child from another kiddy school
Ok
I quite like the school
It's five doors up from where I live
I ain't got no problem with it
Good results
Nice polite kids
Good for Coventry street/ Birmingham road
The government is using our money Ok A delinquent child from another kiddy school Ok I quite like the school It's five doors up from where I live I ain't got no problem with it Good results Nice polite kids Good for Coventry street/ Birmingham road David Murdoch Head Chef
  • Score: 5

11:51pm Sun 20 Apr 14

John Herbert Smith says...

And meanwhile in Kent, Buckinghamshire and several other sensible areas...All bright academic children can go - for free - to a state grammar school. Whether they are rich or poor.

In Worcestershire? Only the rich get to send children to private schools. Not rich, then it's pot luck. Or the middle classes make huge sacrifices to stump up the fees.

Almost all working class students at Oxbridge come from a state grammar school.
And meanwhile in Kent, Buckinghamshire and several other sensible areas...All bright academic children can go - for free - to a state grammar school. Whether they are rich or poor. In Worcestershire? Only the rich get to send children to private schools. Not rich, then it's pot luck. Or the middle classes make huge sacrifices to stump up the fees. Almost all working class students at Oxbridge come from a state grammar school. John Herbert Smith
  • Score: -2

7:01pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Gobby Robby says...

"Almost all working class students at Oxbridge come from a state grammar school" Really? Any chance you could back that up with some evidence, John? Or is that yet another figmant of your powerful imagination?
"Almost all working class students at Oxbridge come from a state grammar school" Really? Any chance you could back that up with some evidence, John? Or is that yet another figmant of your powerful imagination? Gobby Robby
  • Score: 1

1:21pm Tue 22 Apr 14

GGmommy says...

newsgirl1 wrote:
I have been reading these comments and I have points that I agree with in all.. However whilst I am pleased for those that will benefit from the school perhaps you you should also consider that your benefit means that those loyal to the school for many years , paying several thousands of pounds may have to move their child as they don't choose to live in this catchment area!
Being pleased is one thing and HTS is a lovely place to learn but to gloat I feel is inappropriate and a little inconsiderate
The children that are already in the school will remain in the school and have a guaranteed place. The catchment area applies to new intakes only therefore no children will have to leave the school simply because of where they live.
[quote][p][bold]newsgirl1[/bold] wrote: I have been reading these comments and I have points that I agree with in all.. However whilst I am pleased for those that will benefit from the school perhaps you you should also consider that your benefit means that those loyal to the school for many years , paying several thousands of pounds may have to move their child as they don't choose to live in this catchment area! Being pleased is one thing and HTS is a lovely place to learn but to gloat I feel is inappropriate and a little inconsiderate[/p][/quote]The children that are already in the school will remain in the school and have a guaranteed place. The catchment area applies to new intakes only therefore no children will have to leave the school simply because of where they live. GGmommy
  • Score: -3

1:33pm Tue 22 Apr 14

newsgirl1 says...

I do know this . If you re read my previous posts you will find I am referring to those in kindergarten who placed children into the school with the intention of funding them . This choice has been removed . As I previously mentioned I am pleased for those that will benefit from the school ( I hope that it continues to provide the same standards that all my children benefited from) however, where I have an issue is with the school . We placed our child into the school in good faith and did not place her simply to progress into a free school. This process has been unfair .
I do know this . If you re read my previous posts you will find I am referring to those in kindergarten who placed children into the school with the intention of funding them . This choice has been removed . As I previously mentioned I am pleased for those that will benefit from the school ( I hope that it continues to provide the same standards that all my children benefited from) however, where I have an issue is with the school . We placed our child into the school in good faith and did not place her simply to progress into a free school. This process has been unfair . newsgirl1
  • Score: 1

2:03pm Tue 22 Apr 14

GGmommy says...

I totally understand how upset that you must feel. I am not gloating simply happy that it has been successful and guaranteed the future of the school. We would have been in this position had the first application been successful. I dont know if the school would have had a future without the free school status so everyone would have had to suffer and find new schools had this been the case. I am not sure that there was much choice really.

With applications being handled by the LA it was down to them unfortunately so i think that it is the system that has let you down rather than the school.
I totally understand how upset that you must feel. I am not gloating simply happy that it has been successful and guaranteed the future of the school. We would have been in this position had the first application been successful. I dont know if the school would have had a future without the free school status so everyone would have had to suffer and find new schools had this been the case. I am not sure that there was much choice really. With applications being handled by the LA it was down to them unfortunately so i think that it is the system that has let you down rather than the school. GGmommy
  • Score: -6

2:10pm Tue 22 Apr 14

newsgirl1 says...

The local authority did not choose but simply direct all applications to the school. A member of staff passed this on to me . As a free school it can choose who does/does not get a place. And yes had we been aware of the schools financial issues then we may have chosen another school. As it is our child is facing the disruption of moving and delaying her progress . It's very disappointing that those in Kindergarten and this currently part of the school have been 'forgotten' . We are now choosing not to waste any. further time posting comments but to look for a new school .
The local authority did not choose but simply direct all applications to the school. A member of staff passed this on to me . As a free school it can choose who does/does not get a place. And yes had we been aware of the schools financial issues then we may have chosen another school. As it is our child is facing the disruption of moving and delaying her progress . It's very disappointing that those in Kindergarten and this currently part of the school have been 'forgotten' . We are now choosing not to waste any. further time posting comments but to look for a new school . newsgirl1
  • Score: 4

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