I feel it is time that PitsnPots had the debate on the controversial BSF Proposals.
Serco were brought in, to improve the Education Department, as we were sitting 147th out of 150 in the National Tables. No one, can argue that this is not good reading, and that standards had to improve.
When the proposals first came to the table, we were informed that pupil numbers were falling, and to address this, we had to lose schools. All schools across the City would face closure. This idea was met with strong opposition, so it was decided to scrap it and start again.
As it stands now, Berryhill/Longton/Mitchell/Trentham will all be closed. Longton has already been issued its Closure Notice for 2010, and is due to be taken over by Sandon High.
The most controversial decision in all of these plans, has been the decision on Trentham High School. There can be no one across the City, that has not heard of the Trentham Action Group, nor of the Trentham 10 and their walk to Westminster.
As it stands now, Trentham is set to close and pupils will attend an Academy together with pupils from Blurton High School. As yet, a site has not been decided upon.
Then we have the Academy to be built on the Park Hall Gasometer site. The school chosen to be the Academy is Edensor Technology College. I believe Mitchell's current catchment area will be spilt between the Academy and Birches Head High.
We have another Academy being built in the north of the city, and that is James Brindley.
St Peter's High is set to move to the Sixth Form site, and I believe take on pupils from Berryhill High School. What do you think about this move?
Firstly, we at PitsnPots want to know, if you think the Academies are the way forward. I suppose, if they are replacing unpopular and underperforming schools, then yes, it is the right choice. If they are not, then no, it is wrong. Do you think we need a one size school fits all? Should we have smaller and larger, to suit each particular area?
What do the people in the north of the city think, are they happy with the proposals for their schools? Is James Brindley happy to be having an Academy?
Where would be a good site for the Academy for Blurton/Trentham, would Trentham Lakes be a good alternative? What do you think about New Inn Lane?
What do Berryhill and Mitchel think now that they have to be split between Park Hall Academy, Birches Head and St Peters?
I agree that the fall in pupil numbers has to be addressed, the question is, what if these figures are out, as the Trentham Action Group is suggesting, what happens then?
Lets hear what you have to say...........................................................