Tuesday, 18 September 2012

East Reading Schools - Residents' Meeting

Reading Borough Council Press Release

East Reading residents are being invited to a public meeting next week to hear more about options to address a projected shortfall of school places in the area.

The meeting to be held on Thursday 27th September at 6.30pm in the main hall at Alfred Sutton School is open to all local residents.

It will be chaired by Councillor John Ennis, Reading Borough Council's Lead Member for Education and Children's Services, and will include a presentation by Reading Borough Council education officers on projections for primary and secondary school places that will be needed in the borough in future years.

As part of that presentation, Council officers will outline potential schemes which could be proposed for the wider site at Crescent Road in East Reading, where a University Technical College (UTC) is planned for 14 19 year olds.

The meeting is an opportunity for every local resident to hear about and have their say on possible future options for Crescent Road, a key strategic site in the East Reading area.

John Ennis, Reading Borough Council's Lead Member for Education and Children's Services, said: 'The projected shortage in school places in East Reading is a serious one which the Council needs to plan for. I cannot emphasise enough the importance of the role local residents have to play in helping us to identify the best options for addressing this shortage, whether using Crescent Road or indeed any other sites which may become available in the area. I would urge as many local people as possible to come along on the night, hear about the options and have their say.'

The new UTC in East Reading is being led by Oxford and Cherwell Valley College, with the support of the Department for Education. The new UTC plans to combine technical and academic studies for students aged 14-19 from a wide catchment area. As the local education authority, Reading Borough Council has always backed the need for a new school in East Reading on the basis it would be for 11 to 19 year olds.

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