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Labour stands up for Chiltern Edge School

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Labour stands up for local families as Conservative threaten to close school

 Matt has been standing up for families from Caversham and Emmer Green as Conservative-run Oxfordshire considers closing Chiltern Edge School.

 Around 400 Caversham and Emmer Green children attend the much loved school, in Sonning Common, they and their families now face the risk and stress of having to find another place when many local schools are full.

There is still a need for more places due to the growing number of families in Reading, Caversham and Woodley, even though Reading Borough Council has worked with the Government to expand Maiden Erlegh, to open the new satellite site and the new UTC both at Crescent Road.

 If the closure goes ahead teenagers at Highdown School, in Emmer Green, could also face hundreds of extra children coming to their school, when it already takes 1,200 students. Other Reading schools could also face having to take large numbers of extra pupils.

 Labour is campaigning for Chiltern Edge to stay open and for a fair deal for all local families. With investment and support the school can improve its Ofsted rating.

 

 

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commented 2017-05-21 15:46:25 +0100
The issue here is not the Ofsted report but preventing the closure of a much need Secondary School in the area. The School will need to become an Academy however Oxfordshire County Council have allowed the School to become in this position and simply want to sell the land for a sum in the region of £10 million to housing developers. This is a short term, short sighted strategy based purely on greed.
commented 2017-05-11 10:50:26 +0100
Chiltern Edge has just received a scathing Ofsted Report. Why would anyone want to send their children there? It used to be a Good school. Under the regulations the local council with responsibility, Oxfordshire, has to consider whether to close the school or place it into Academy status. Hence the current consultation. The school is undersubscribed now where it used to be difficult for Reading residents to get a place there. Why would Oxfordshire wish to support an Inadequate school whose intake is two thirds from outside their juristiction?

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