Saturday, 13 January 2018

Urgently Needed: A New Secondary School In Reading

Reproduced below is a post from this blog on Monday, 4 September 2017.

However since then there has been a suggestion that Reading will in fact need two more secondary schools in the foreseeable future.

Cllr Tony Jones: Top priority is to find site for new school

While that assertion will need further scrutiny, what is clear is that Reading urgently needs to identify at least one site and a development partner for a new secondary school with six classes a year entry level as early as possible this year. This calculation is based on all places in existing secondary schools in Reading and immediately outside the town's borders being full.

Lead member for Education councillor Tony Jones said "Reading is a growing town with a strong economy and excellent transport links. However growth brings pressure on the town's infrastructure, roads, health services and schools. 

My top priority this year is to start the process of finding the site and development partner for at least one new secondary school and scope out any future needs. 

I know there will be those with strong views and loud voices telling us where we should not build a new school, but I would welcome any constructive dialogue and suggestions." 

Original post - 4 September 2017

A New Secondary School In Central Reading

Find A Site For A New Secondary School In Reading
In recent years Reading Borough Council has invested heavily in meeting the demand for extra places in the town's primary schools. 

However, by 2019/20 that expanded school population, together with a general growth in population, will be needing places to move on to secondary schools, with a large proportion based around central Reading.

The problem for Reading and the government's Education Skills and Funding Agency, is where can we find an appropriate site?

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