Thursday, 11 March 2010

An Education In Itself...

Education is a bit of a thorny issue for us Worcester Parkers - not only does our little town find itself on the borders of three different boroughs but the lack of local secondary school forces parents into a stressful battle to secure a place for their offspring.

Paul Burstow MP today raised at Prime Minister's Question Time the issue of the 170 families living in Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park who learned last week that they have not been offered a place at any local high school, whilst many other children from outside the borough have been successful at getting places in Sutton schools.

Meanwhile, local mum Jenny has e-mailed me to voice her concerns about the expansion of Cheam Common Infants School in Worcester Park:

"I was rather concerned to receive a letter from the school recently stating that they are looking to expand the school to a four form entry school. I believe this will involve adding an additional three classrooms to the infants school and then eventually a further 4 classrooms to accommodate children in the junior site.

Where are they going to put these classrooms, the playground and school halls are already tight for space for the children that currently attend the schools?

What will this do to the level of teaching and care at the school, I haven’t seen any OFSTED reports for four form entry primary schools that are either good or excellent.

Would it not make more sense to expand one of the other infants schools in the area? Dorchester, for example, has more space."

Your homework for today is to read my blog post from last year which featured WhiteVanLady's excellent take on the school admissions process in Worcester Park.

I'll be asking questions at the end.

6 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

youngbuck said...

Dorchester parents have received a similar letter. it is true they have much more viable space for expansion.

foxy said...

My child who goes to Dorchester school came home with a letter saying that the school is going to be made bigger last week.So sutton is going to have more primary school places,but secondary school places are still being given to pupils who live a long way OUT of sutton.Its a disgrace.

Anonymous said...

maybe they should think about building a high school rather then keep expanding the hamptons

Jacey said...

I know kids have to be educated as close to home as possible but please No! Its one of the reasons that WP is a better place to live than some around here. The sheer volume of older kids makes New Malden, Wimbledon station and Epsom/Ewell and buses virtually no-go areas during term times afternoons. I really don't want them all hanging around,( whether they built it in part of the Hamptons or not). I've frequently caught the 213, 93, 293 or 470 and its an absolute nightmare, they're so badly behaved.

Sorry, its an opinion and my opinion at that , but I know I'm going to be slaughtered by the "anti-childless brigade" on here..

foxy said...

Well done to Dorchester primary school's teachers who will be conducting the SATS tests and not taking strike action.

young buck said...

why well done?? Dorchester is a great school but the SATS are a waste of time. i am a secondary school teacher and every year we deal with year 7 pupils arriving with totally misgraded results. They tell us little of use and we find out a very different story when they actually start secondary school work. Stop pointless exams. Who are they for?? Just a stick for the government to beat children and teachers with. Do not be fooled into thinking tests are good - they are not when its for testing's sake. We almost had a party when key stage three stas were abolished. At last we can teach something meaningful again to year 9 students instead of making them an exam factory. i hope by the time my son reaches year 6 the same will be true for primary schools.

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