Council makes plan for 1,800 more school places in Bournemouth

Nicola Greene

Nicola Greene

First published in News

EDUCATION chiefs in Bournemouth are set to expand secondary schools to deal with ever-increasing pupil numbers.

At least 1,800 extra places will be needed from September 2018 so councillors are expected to ask officers to draw up detailed plans at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday July 23.

More than half of the town's primary schools have already been forced to take extra pupils due to an increased birth rate and immigration.

One new school is already open with two more set to take their first reception pupils this Autumn.

Councillors will ask for an investigation into appropriate funding before looking into which secondary schools will be able to grow.

They will also discuss potential pressures on post-16 education due to the participation age being raised from 16-17 and more young people choosing to stay at school.

Secondary schools in Bournemouth include Avonbourne and Harewood colleges, Bournemouth School, Bournemouth School for girls, Glenmoor, Winton, Oak Academy, Bishop of Winchester, ST Peter's and The Bourne Academy.

Councillor Nicola Greene, Cabinet Member for Education and Children's Services, said: “Forecasts show that over time the increase in pupil numbers that we have seen at primary age will transfer to secondary and we are already working hard to put in place suitable measures to ensure that there are enough secondary school places in Bournemouth in the future.

“We anticipate that around 1,800 extra school places across year groups 7 to 11 will be needed from 2018 and so it is important that we start early, working closely with the secondary academies and their governors to look at possible options to expand as well as seeking appropriate funding.”

Cabinet will receive a further report in March 2015 on progress on proposed school expansions.

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7:55am Tue 22 Jul 14

Dahlia77 says...

I think all Parkfield parents are very relieved about their choice now. I know my husband and I are after choosing Parkfield for our son as one of the main reasons was huge year sizes in the alternative schools. Stories like these just confirm that we made the right choice for our son.
I think all Parkfield parents are very relieved about their choice now. I know my husband and I are after choosing Parkfield for our son as one of the main reasons was huge year sizes in the alternative schools. Stories like these just confirm that we made the right choice for our son. Dahlia77
  • Score: -6

8:43am Tue 22 Jul 14

Anneaa says...

Better late than never! The decision to increase schoo places should have been taken at least 5 years ago! Maybe then it would not take until 2018 for the places to be in place.
Better late than never! The decision to increase schoo places should have been taken at least 5 years ago! Maybe then it would not take until 2018 for the places to be in place. Anneaa
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9:34am Tue 22 Jul 14

Ralph Horris says...

Anneaa wrote:
Better late than never! The decision to increase schoo places should have been taken at least 5 years ago! Maybe then it would not take until 2018 for the places to be in place.
Ha ha ha you said schoo ! Brilliant.
[quote][p][bold]Anneaa[/bold] wrote: Better late than never! The decision to increase schoo places should have been taken at least 5 years ago! Maybe then it would not take until 2018 for the places to be in place.[/p][/quote]Ha ha ha you said schoo ! Brilliant. Ralph Horris
  • Score: 2

9:39am Tue 22 Jul 14

BmthNewshound says...

Councillor Nicola Greene, Cabinet Member for Education and Children's Services, said: “Forecasts show that over time the increase in pupil numbers that we have seen at primary age will transfer to secondary"
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You don't need forecasts just some common sense. As sure as night follows day children progress from primary school to secondary school so the increase in the number of secondary school places should not come as a surprise. The problem with Bournemouth Council is that education isn't a high priority. Perhaps if Beesley, Greene & Co spent less time and effort on vanity projects and more on the core services Councils are obliged to provide then they wouldn't scratching around trying to cobble together a solution.
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If new school buildings are going to be required to accommodate the increase in pupil numbers Bournemouth Council sailing close to the wind if they expect these buildings to be completed and ready for use by 2018.
Councillor Nicola Greene, Cabinet Member for Education and Children's Services, said: “Forecasts show that over time the increase in pupil numbers that we have seen at primary age will transfer to secondary" . You don't need forecasts just some common sense. As sure as night follows day children progress from primary school to secondary school so the increase in the number of secondary school places should not come as a surprise. The problem with Bournemouth Council is that education isn't a high priority. Perhaps if Beesley, Greene & Co spent less time and effort on vanity projects and more on the core services Councils are obliged to provide then they wouldn't scratching around trying to cobble together a solution. . If new school buildings are going to be required to accommodate the increase in pupil numbers Bournemouth Council sailing close to the wind if they expect these buildings to be completed and ready for use by 2018. BmthNewshound
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10:01am Tue 22 Jul 14

TheDistrict says...

Surely this points back to national government level. For many years they have been allowing immigration by the thousands, who in themselves have multiplied. At the outset of immigration, an infrastructure such as schools, secondary schools and colleges should have increased to take the extra inputs to schools. It appears, at no fault to anyone else other than national government, that the gate is closed after the horse has bolted.
Surely this points back to national government level. For many years they have been allowing immigration by the thousands, who in themselves have multiplied. At the outset of immigration, an infrastructure such as schools, secondary schools and colleges should have increased to take the extra inputs to schools. It appears, at no fault to anyone else other than national government, that the gate is closed after the horse has bolted. TheDistrict
  • Score: 3

6:01pm Tue 22 Jul 14

s-pb2 says...

Cue residents complaints, who neighbour the schools, complaining about cars, noise and whatever else they can think of
Cue residents complaints, who neighbour the schools, complaining about cars, noise and whatever else they can think of s-pb2
  • Score: 0

11:12pm Tue 22 Jul 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Just build a Polish school and be done with it
Just build a Polish school and be done with it HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: -1

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