Houghton Regis Academy Closure - Councillors Discuss Concerns
Has Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) got the right policy for secondary education in Houghton Regis? A new secondary school is required in Houghton Regis to meet the demographic growth forecast and the need to meet a forecast deficit in secondary school places.
"Schools for the Future - commissioning of a new 10 forms of entry (FE) secondary school on the Kingsland Campus, Houghton Regis, through the Free school Presumption".
Watch the deliberations in today's Children's Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Mon, 7th Oct 2019 - 10:00 am).
A new secondary school is required in Houghton Regis to meet the demographic growth forecast and the need to meet a forecast deficit in secondary school places. A new provider will be sought by under the Free School Presumption process for the provision of a new 10 FE (forms of entry) to provide 1500 places. The Council's feasibility study will assess how the Kingsland campus in Houghton Regis can accommodate a new secondary school by September 2022 alongside a range of new services for the community. There is in-principle a decision of Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System to the closure of Houghton Regis Academy. Download Agenda reports here.
Watch in Full:
Watch individual speakers:◘ Cllr Antonio Ryan, (Parkside) is in Seat 15, “... for the last 20 years we have not got the education programme right for Houghton Regis..."
“This has caused anxiety with young people...”
“I understand we don't have places for 200 pupils. If the school was to close in 2 years we do not have places. Where are they going?”
◘ Cllr Sue Clark (Cranfield and Marston Moretaine), Executive Member for Families, Education
and Children, in seat 21 “We're on the same side, here, Cllr Ryan, because I think we both want the same thing. Which is, to raise educational standards in Houghton Regis and build a lovely new school for the families and children of Houghton Regis. I think it's a shame to try to play political games out of this ...”
◘ Cllr Susan Goodchild (Houghton Hall) is speaking from Seat 10 but is not visible on camera “"...if we advertise too much failure, then it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy...”
Cllr Bowater (Leighton Buzzard South) in Seat 17 “I am struck with horror at the thought of the existing school closing a year before the new school is ready.”
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