Saturday, 29 September 2012

A New School In East Reading?

East Reading Still Needs A New School
I have previously campaigned against the siting of the UTC on the Crescent Road site in east Reading - not from an anti-UTC stance, but simply that using that land would make it more difficult to open any other secondary school in the area for 11 year olds and upwards.

I remain of the view that the UTC has such a wide catchment area (15 miles radius) that it could have been sited elsewhere, nearer the town centre.

However, I now concede that the UTC will open at Crescent Road next September - and so welcome it as an additional education offer in Reading for 14 to 19 year old students and wish it every success.

The school places public meeting earlier this week was told that Reading council continues to work on options for more school places at Crescent Road in the face of a housing developer having bought up the land not needed by the UTC. This remains a tough challenge for all concerned.

What was as intriguing as anything the council said at the meeting was the disclosure by Cllr Isobel Ballsdon that Rob Wilson was "60% there" in plans for a new 11 to 16 school for east Reading. Well, I am happy to repeat here what I said in the meeting: if Rob Wilson is serious about working for a new school in east Reading then I am prepared to work with him to get the job done.

So come on Rob, what do you say?






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