Parkfield School open day

An early look at Bournemouth's first free school

An early look at Bournemouth's first free school

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HUNDREDS of parents turned out for a first-look at where Bournemouth’s first free school will be situated from next year.

Parkfield School held their summer fete at the new school site at Bournemouth Airport on Saturday.

The school, which is currently based in Bournemouth town centre, will move to the former air traffic control centre at Hurn in September 2015.

And as part of the summer fair on Saturday, staff were offering parents and prospective families a chance to have a look around the building before work begins in November.

Principal Terry Conaghan told the Daily Echo that when work began there would be some demolition of outbuildings.

“Some of the older buildings need to be demolished. But some of them we can keep for future expansion.

“People have been really impressed; they can’t believe the size of the place.

“Our parents are so supportive, and this will give us so much more space here.

“A lot of the preparation has already started and demolition will begin in November.”

By September 2015, the school is likely to have around 600 pupils from reception age to year 11.

By 2016, it is hoped a sixth form will also be running at the school.

Sam Hanson, operations manager, said: “Of course we would like to stay in Bournemouth town centre but this site just gives so much more potential.

“Ninety-eight per cent of the parents are happy and the school will provide more choice and variety for parents.”

As well as tours of the school, the fair also saw performances from Southern Union Chorus, with activities including beat the keeper, drum workshops and the chance to play with a variety of animals including guinea pigs, snakes and stick insects.

The decision to move to the airport was taken earlier this year as a proposed move to the sites of the old police station and courts in Stafford Road was taking too long.

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8:29am Mon 21 Jul 14

Townee says...

Sounds wonderful, let's see how many will put up with the daily school run to the airport with all the traffic problems that come with airport travel. Then they have to do it again when the finish school, will the school car park be able to cope with all the parents bringing their cars to pick up the kids. I hope the airport don't start to charge them a drop off fee. Perhaps the school could use its car park for people to drop off passengers for £1 a time, that would help with their budget.
Sounds wonderful, let's see how many will put up with the daily school run to the airport with all the traffic problems that come with airport travel. Then they have to do it again when the finish school, will the school car park be able to cope with all the parents bringing their cars to pick up the kids. I hope the airport don't start to charge them a drop off fee. Perhaps the school could use its car park for people to drop off passengers for £1 a time, that would help with their budget. Townee
  • Score: 4

9:55am Mon 21 Jul 14

Browser123 says...

Townee wrote:
Sounds wonderful, let's see how many will put up with the daily school run to the airport with all the traffic problems that come with airport travel. Then they have to do it again when the finish school, will the school car park be able to cope with all the parents bringing their cars to pick up the kids. I hope the airport don't start to charge them a drop off fee. Perhaps the school could use its car park for people to drop off passengers for £1 a time, that would help with their budget.
Most schools have numerous school buses to ferry pupils to and from. If they finish before 4pm when the airport workers depart, traffic shouldn`t be a problem.
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Sounds wonderful, let's see how many will put up with the daily school run to the airport with all the traffic problems that come with airport travel. Then they have to do it again when the finish school, will the school car park be able to cope with all the parents bringing their cars to pick up the kids. I hope the airport don't start to charge them a drop off fee. Perhaps the school could use its car park for people to drop off passengers for £1 a time, that would help with their budget.[/p][/quote]Most schools have numerous school buses to ferry pupils to and from. If they finish before 4pm when the airport workers depart, traffic shouldn`t be a problem. Browser123
  • Score: 0

10:09am Mon 21 Jul 14

High Treason says...

It is not free, it is funded by taxpayers and provides profits for big business.
I often travel along New Road between 8 and 9 am, its often gridlocked and more cars trying to filter left or right depending on direction will cause longer tailbacks.
It is not free, it is funded by taxpayers and provides profits for big business. I often travel along New Road between 8 and 9 am, its often gridlocked and more cars trying to filter left or right depending on direction will cause longer tailbacks. High Treason
  • Score: 5

10:26am Mon 21 Jul 14

Benzoyl says...

I work at the airport and in the morning at peek time it can take me 45 minutes to get there Plus around 3.30,4pm it can also take around 45 min, not good! If there has been an accident I've been redirected and had to go back on myself just to get into work which again has taken me ages! I just hope they put transport on for the kids. Otherwise what a nightmare for all us staff trying to get to work with the added cars
I work at the airport and in the morning at peek time it can take me 45 minutes to get there Plus around 3.30,4pm it can also take around 45 min, not good! If there has been an accident I've been redirected and had to go back on myself just to get into work which again has taken me ages! I just hope they put transport on for the kids. Otherwise what a nightmare for all us staff trying to get to work with the added cars Benzoyl
  • Score: 5

10:42am Mon 21 Jul 14

surfer75 says...

"98 percent of our parents our happy" really? our kids are at Parkfield and I don't remember being asked/surveryed!
"98 percent of our parents our happy" really? our kids are at Parkfield and I don't remember being asked/surveryed! surfer75
  • Score: 9

11:51am Mon 21 Jul 14

surfer75 says...

Browser123 wrote:
Townee wrote:
Sounds wonderful, let's see how many will put up with the daily school run to the airport with all the traffic problems that come with airport travel. Then they have to do it again when the finish school, will the school car park be able to cope with all the parents bringing their cars to pick up the kids. I hope the airport don't start to charge them a drop off fee. Perhaps the school could use its car park for people to drop off passengers for £1 a time, that would help with their budget.
Most schools have numerous school buses to ferry pupils to and from. If they finish before 4pm when the airport workers depart, traffic shouldn`t be a problem.
I don't believe they plan to subsidise any busses, and as they are changing their catcment area the current pupils won't be comming from the same direction as the new pupils once they move so even if parents from the old catchment pay for a bus themselves, that will get increasingly less viable and more expensive every year as older kids from the old catchment leave school and there is noone going into reception from the old catchment to take their seats
[quote][p][bold]Browser123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Sounds wonderful, let's see how many will put up with the daily school run to the airport with all the traffic problems that come with airport travel. Then they have to do it again when the finish school, will the school car park be able to cope with all the parents bringing their cars to pick up the kids. I hope the airport don't start to charge them a drop off fee. Perhaps the school could use its car park for people to drop off passengers for £1 a time, that would help with their budget.[/p][/quote]Most schools have numerous school buses to ferry pupils to and from. If they finish before 4pm when the airport workers depart, traffic shouldn`t be a problem.[/p][/quote]I don't believe they plan to subsidise any busses, and as they are changing their catcment area the current pupils won't be comming from the same direction as the new pupils once they move so even if parents from the old catchment pay for a bus themselves, that will get increasingly less viable and more expensive every year as older kids from the old catchment leave school and there is noone going into reception from the old catchment to take their seats surfer75
  • Score: 2

1:51pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Mattguna says...

Browser123 wrote:
Townee wrote:
Sounds wonderful, let's see how many will put up with the daily school run to the airport with all the traffic problems that come with airport travel. Then they have to do it again when the finish school, will the school car park be able to cope with all the parents bringing their cars to pick up the kids. I hope the airport don't start to charge them a drop off fee. Perhaps the school could use its car park for people to drop off passengers for £1 a time, that would help with their budget.
Most schools have numerous school buses to ferry pupils to and from. If they finish before 4pm when the airport workers depart, traffic shouldn`t be a problem.
WHAT! You clearly have no idea whatsoever. This road is always heavily congested in the morning and afternoon and most schools definitely do NOT have school buses.

Apart from that, has anyone asked how the school is getting on in comparison to Key Stage measurements applied to monitor our state schools?...... They are Free yes, free to do what they want and outside of the quality control system that acts as a protective layer around our state schools.
[quote][p][bold]Browser123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Sounds wonderful, let's see how many will put up with the daily school run to the airport with all the traffic problems that come with airport travel. Then they have to do it again when the finish school, will the school car park be able to cope with all the parents bringing their cars to pick up the kids. I hope the airport don't start to charge them a drop off fee. Perhaps the school could use its car park for people to drop off passengers for £1 a time, that would help with their budget.[/p][/quote]Most schools have numerous school buses to ferry pupils to and from. If they finish before 4pm when the airport workers depart, traffic shouldn`t be a problem.[/p][/quote]WHAT! You clearly have no idea whatsoever. This road is always heavily congested in the morning and afternoon and most schools definitely do NOT have school buses. Apart from that, has anyone asked how the school is getting on in comparison to Key Stage measurements applied to monitor our state schools?...... They are Free yes, free to do what they want and outside of the quality control system that acts as a protective layer around our state schools. Mattguna
  • Score: -6

2:32pm Mon 21 Jul 14

BmthNewshound says...

Although generally against Free Schools when you look at Bournemouth Councils appalling record on education you can't blame parents for wanting to send their children to a school free from Council control. I think it says a lot when parents would rather endure the drive to/from the airport rather than send their children to the local school. Of course an easier option would be to vote out the current bunch of councillors who have failed the boroughs children and be more vocal in campaigning for better schools for all children.
Although generally against Free Schools when you look at Bournemouth Councils appalling record on education you can't blame parents for wanting to send their children to a school free from Council control. I think it says a lot when parents would rather endure the drive to/from the airport rather than send their children to the local school. Of course an easier option would be to vote out the current bunch of councillors who have failed the boroughs children and be more vocal in campaigning for better schools for all children. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 9

2:53pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Bob49 says...

That Gove has been heaved out should now be an opportunity to end this nonsense as soon as possible.

Having no democratic control bar direct rule by government and being run by business with the profit motive as it's ethose should have set alarm bells ringing. The whole concept is flawed as it is no more than some giant pyramid scheme that will ultimately collapse as you cannot fund new schools by taking funds from other schools.

It might be fun to mock the self deluded cranks and crackpots involved by the reports from the schools in Birmingham should show where this idiocy will undoubtedly end in far more than a handful of schools.

Childrens education is far too important to be used in some bizarre political stunt. Unqualified teachers, shoddy and unsuitable buildings are not the way forward.
That Gove has been heaved out should now be an opportunity to end this nonsense as soon as possible. Having no democratic control bar direct rule by government and being run by business with the profit motive as it's ethose should have set alarm bells ringing. The whole concept is flawed as it is no more than some giant pyramid scheme that will ultimately collapse as you cannot fund new schools by taking funds from other schools. It might be fun to mock the self deluded cranks and crackpots involved by the reports from the schools in Birmingham should show where this idiocy will undoubtedly end in far more than a handful of schools. Childrens education is far too important to be used in some bizarre political stunt. Unqualified teachers, shoddy and unsuitable buildings are not the way forward. Bob49
  • Score: -3

3:56pm Mon 21 Jul 14

surfer75 says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
Although generally against Free Schools when you look at Bournemouth Councils appalling record on education you can't blame parents for wanting to send their children to a school free from Council control. I think it says a lot when parents would rather endure the drive to/from the airport rather than send their children to the local school. Of course an easier option would be to vote out the current bunch of councillors who have failed the boroughs children and be more vocal in campaigning for better schools for all children.
But won't this new school be under Christchurch not Bournemouth?, so not really an alternative for Bournemouth is it? (even though it seems to have taken a lot of funding away from Bournemouth)
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: Although generally against Free Schools when you look at Bournemouth Councils appalling record on education you can't blame parents for wanting to send their children to a school free from Council control. I think it says a lot when parents would rather endure the drive to/from the airport rather than send their children to the local school. Of course an easier option would be to vote out the current bunch of councillors who have failed the boroughs children and be more vocal in campaigning for better schools for all children.[/p][/quote]But won't this new school be under Christchurch not Bournemouth?, so not really an alternative for Bournemouth is it? (even though it seems to have taken a lot of funding away from Bournemouth) surfer75
  • Score: 4

4:03pm Mon 21 Jul 14

fore15 says...

Utterly, utterly stupid decision, who ever came up with this idea wants shooting, so very wrong on so many counts. There has to be backhanders involved somewhere.
Utterly, utterly stupid decision, who ever came up with this idea wants shooting, so very wrong on so many counts. There has to be backhanders involved somewhere. fore15
  • Score: 1

4:15pm Mon 21 Jul 14

clavier king says...

Is Hurn Airport in Bournemouth now?
Is Hurn Airport in Bournemouth now? clavier king
  • Score: 1

5:13pm Mon 21 Jul 14

sea poole says...

Free school? Just wait until the gov't pulls the plug on additional funding and watch the begging letters to parents going out from the school. The 'Oliver' syndrome!
Free school? Just wait until the gov't pulls the plug on additional funding and watch the begging letters to parents going out from the school. The 'Oliver' syndrome! sea poole
  • Score: 6

7:03pm Mon 21 Jul 14

maisie2010 says...

Here we go again, people who have really got nothing better to do and don't even want to know the whole story commenting on something they have know idea about. Parkfield is an amazing school and getting better all the time, when they get to move to the new site it will be even more successful, the potential there is superb and the facilities will be brilliant. I would have thought that the figures from Bournemouth Council prove the fact that its a good school because its the most over subscribed school in the area, just goes to prove that now its up and running everyone who wants the best for their children are now trying to get them into Parkfield, Im just glad I did the best for my children in sending them there right from the start. I will be backing Parkfield the whole way because as far as I (and I m sure a lot of other parents) want the best for their children and Parkfield is definitely the way to go!!!!!!!!!!
Here we go again, people who have really got nothing better to do and don't even want to know the whole story commenting on something they have know idea about. Parkfield is an amazing school and getting better all the time, when they get to move to the new site it will be even more successful, the potential there is superb and the facilities will be brilliant. I would have thought that the figures from Bournemouth Council prove the fact that its a good school because its the most over subscribed school in the area, just goes to prove that now its up and running everyone who wants the best for their children are now trying to get them into Parkfield, Im just glad I did the best for my children in sending them there right from the start. I will be backing Parkfield the whole way because as far as I (and I m sure a lot of other parents) want the best for their children and Parkfield is definitely the way to go!!!!!!!!!! maisie2010
  • Score: 7

9:37pm Mon 21 Jul 14

SylvM72 says...

OK so this school calls itself a Montessori school, but here is the problem. In Reception to Year 3 the children are taught one week Montessori, one week National Curriculum so they can 'sit the SATS' according to the Deputy Head. However, what I want to know is how are the children not flippin confused at that?!! one week one curriculum, the other week a different one? do the people in charge not know that Montessori covers all the national curriculum covers and a lot more, and that they shouldn't be teaching children for half of the time just to pass an exam? They are saying they are Montessori but they are not. Montessori relies on continuous access to the method, not a one week on, one week off scenario. And also the people in charge obviously know nothing about Montessori, coz Montessori curriculum runs in 3 year cycles, and 2 years into one of these cycles, they completely switch out of Montessori mode and into yet another curriculum, the international primary curriculum! So, by the time kids get into Year 7, and yet another curriculum (International Baccalareate), they have already followed 3 other curriculums! I was talking to some parents who are really not happy that the Montessori they were promised was so diluted in the school (and in fact you probably couldn't really call it Montessori, they just use the equipment, not the method otherwise they would follow it until year 6 like it was planned to), and another parent of secondary kids said he was really disappointed that they might even drop the IB to go with the national curriculum! So much for a school with a new approach!
OK so this school calls itself a Montessori school, but here is the problem. In Reception to Year 3 the children are taught one week Montessori, one week National Curriculum so they can 'sit the SATS' according to the Deputy Head. However, what I want to know is how are the children not flippin confused at that?!! one week one curriculum, the other week a different one? do the people in charge not know that Montessori covers all the national curriculum covers and a lot more, and that they shouldn't be teaching children for half of the time just to pass an exam? They are saying they are Montessori but they are not. Montessori relies on continuous access to the method, not a one week on, one week off scenario. And also the people in charge obviously know nothing about Montessori, coz Montessori curriculum runs in 3 year cycles, and 2 years into one of these cycles, they completely switch out of Montessori mode and into yet another curriculum, the international primary curriculum! So, by the time kids get into Year 7, and yet another curriculum (International Baccalareate), they have already followed 3 other curriculums! I was talking to some parents who are really not happy that the Montessori they were promised was so diluted in the school (and in fact you probably couldn't really call it Montessori, they just use the equipment, not the method otherwise they would follow it until year 6 like it was planned to), and another parent of secondary kids said he was really disappointed that they might even drop the IB to go with the national curriculum! So much for a school with a new approach! SylvM72
  • Score: 3

10:07pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Yankee1 says...

Free schools are to state education was direct grant school were to independents. When the government stops funding, they will have to charge fees to stay open.
Free schools are to state education was direct grant school were to independents. When the government stops funding, they will have to charge fees to stay open. Yankee1
  • Score: -1

11:14pm Mon 21 Jul 14

sammmymac says...

This school will not even be in Bournemouth but East Dorset. The school presumably is not allowed to use tax payers money to fund transport so parents will have to foot the bill and take the time to get the children over there themselves. Seems ludicrous when there are spaces in good and outstanding Bournemouth schools anyway. But what do I know except that I'm paying for this expensive experiment for a minority of parents through my taxes.
This school will not even be in Bournemouth but East Dorset. The school presumably is not allowed to use tax payers money to fund transport so parents will have to foot the bill and take the time to get the children over there themselves. Seems ludicrous when there are spaces in good and outstanding Bournemouth schools anyway. But what do I know except that I'm paying for this expensive experiment for a minority of parents through my taxes. sammmymac
  • Score: 1

11:29pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Bob49 says...

maisie2010 wrote:
Here we go again, people who have really got nothing better to do and don't even want to know the whole story commenting on something they have know idea about. Parkfield is an amazing school and getting better all the time, when they get to move to the new site it will be even more successful, the potential there is superb and the facilities will be brilliant. I would have thought that the figures from Bournemouth Council prove the fact that its a good school because its the most over subscribed school in the area, just goes to prove that now its up and running everyone who wants the best for their children are now trying to get them into Parkfield, Im just glad I did the best for my children in sending them there right from the start. I will be backing Parkfield the whole way because as far as I (and I m sure a lot of other parents) want the best for their children and Parkfield is definitely the way to go!!!!!!!!!!
'oversubscribed in the area'

or from THEIR website

"Parkfield School currently has places available in Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 (from September 2014)."

Placing children in Nissen huts, being taught a hotch potch of curriculae by unqualified teachers is doing the best for your children then lord help us (but then there are those cranks who believe that not allowing their children blood transfusions is best for them).

As expected you have avoided answering what happens when the money runs out,or why what having no democratic control is the best thing.

We are only in the 'honeymoon' period and already the wheels are coming off badly. why not look at the Swedish model which this stuff is based upon and ask why did it fail, with the proposals to scrap the whole farce as now becoming a reality.

Substandard teaching a substandard curriculum in substandard buildings is not the best for any child. And you should be ashamed that this is what you think is good enough for your child or children.
[quote][p][bold]maisie2010[/bold] wrote: Here we go again, people who have really got nothing better to do and don't even want to know the whole story commenting on something they have know idea about. Parkfield is an amazing school and getting better all the time, when they get to move to the new site it will be even more successful, the potential there is superb and the facilities will be brilliant. I would have thought that the figures from Bournemouth Council prove the fact that its a good school because its the most over subscribed school in the area, just goes to prove that now its up and running everyone who wants the best for their children are now trying to get them into Parkfield, Im just glad I did the best for my children in sending them there right from the start. I will be backing Parkfield the whole way because as far as I (and I m sure a lot of other parents) want the best for their children and Parkfield is definitely the way to go!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]'oversubscribed in the area' or from THEIR website "Parkfield School currently has places available in Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 (from September 2014)." Placing children in Nissen huts, being taught a hotch potch of curriculae by unqualified teachers is doing the best for your children then lord help us (but then there are those cranks who believe that not allowing their children blood transfusions is best for them). As expected you have avoided answering what happens when the money runs out,or why what having no democratic control is the best thing. We are only in the 'honeymoon' period and already the wheels are coming off badly. why not look at the Swedish model which this stuff is based upon and ask why did it fail, with the proposals to scrap the whole farce as now becoming a reality. Substandard teaching a substandard curriculum in substandard buildings is not the best for any child. And you should be ashamed that this is what you think is good enough for your child or children. Bob49
  • Score: 1

8:10am Tue 22 Jul 14

Dahlia77 says...

Substandard teaching, a substandard curriculum in a wonderful building with a superhead shared between 2 schools (Winton and Glenmore) with the head eaning a fortune.... and spouting utter American dribble is not best for any child either! I have had 2 children go through both these schools and have been very dissappointed. They may turn out OK results on paper but they are not teaching our young people how to live life and be nice people.
Substandard teaching, a substandard curriculum in a wonderful building with a superhead shared between 2 schools (Winton and Glenmore) with the head eaning a fortune.... and spouting utter American dribble is not best for any child either! I have had 2 children go through both these schools and have been very dissappointed. They may turn out OK results on paper but they are not teaching our young people how to live life and be nice people. Dahlia77
  • Score: 1

9:00am Tue 22 Jul 14

Andy_Moordown says...

clavier king wrote:
Is Hurn Airport in Bournemouth now?
Nope but Bournemouth airport is in Hurn! Hasn't been hurn airport since 1969 chap.
[quote][p][bold]clavier king[/bold] wrote: Is Hurn Airport in Bournemouth now?[/p][/quote]Nope but Bournemouth airport is in Hurn! Hasn't been hurn airport since 1969 chap. Andy_Moordown
  • Score: 2

11:26am Tue 22 Jul 14

Passionflower says...

I really don't know where you people have got your information from; firstly, a free school is funded directly from the government instead of the local authority, exactly the same way as the academies are funded - most of the schools locally are now funded in this way, or have applied to do so. Secondly, a free school is subject to all the same checks and standards as any other non-independent school ie Ofsted, SATs, DBS and safeguarding, and teaching quality. Parkfield has teachers coming both from the Grammar schools here in Bournemouth, and the top independent schools, some with PhD qualifications and a wealth of experience teaching their chosen subjects. I moved my two children, one secondary and one primary, from two of the best (by SAT/GCSE results) schools in Bournemouth. and they are both extremely happy and learning very well, way ahead of the expected levels for their age. As an example, how many of you have 7-9 year olds who can understand and quote Shakespeare, namely Macbeth? I am not some 'crank' parent as is implied in the comments above, having two children already in University studying medicine and another studying art, and am myself a teacher (not at Parkfield) so I feel qualified to judge. The current building is not ideal, although strangely the children seem to like it - but it hasn't affected either achievement or prosperity, and the vast space at the new site (which WILL be served by school buses) will enable the children to excel in a tranquil counryside setting. There are also many large-scale road improvements due to be carried out in the Blackwater/Hurn/Chap
el Gate areas in the coming year.
I really don't know where you people have got your information from; firstly, a free school is funded directly from the government instead of the local authority, exactly the same way as the academies are funded - most of the schools locally are now funded in this way, or have applied to do so. Secondly, a free school is subject to all the same checks and standards as any other non-independent school ie Ofsted, SATs, DBS and safeguarding, and teaching quality. Parkfield has teachers coming both from the Grammar schools here in Bournemouth, and the top independent schools, some with PhD qualifications and a wealth of experience teaching their chosen subjects. I moved my two children, one secondary and one primary, from two of the best (by SAT/GCSE results) schools in Bournemouth. and they are both extremely happy and learning very well, way ahead of the expected levels for their age. As an example, how many of you have 7-9 year olds who can understand and quote Shakespeare, namely Macbeth? I am not some 'crank' parent as is implied in the comments above, having two children already in University studying medicine and another studying art, and am myself a teacher (not at Parkfield) so I feel qualified to judge. The current building is not ideal, although strangely the children seem to like it - but it hasn't affected either achievement or prosperity, and the vast space at the new site (which WILL be served by school buses) will enable the children to excel in a tranquil counryside setting. There are also many large-scale road improvements due to be carried out in the Blackwater/Hurn/Chap el Gate areas in the coming year. Passionflower
  • Score: 6

12:58pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Bob49 says...

so again avoiding the question of why the same model in Sweden failed, the fact that these schools are having to take money from other schools to be propped up.

the standards are not the same - teachers without qualifications are being used, and it is nonsense to talk of people withexperience in a certain field being able to teach, why do you thing that's football coaches are now being required to have coaching qualifications, how many excellent fotballers have failed at managinf a club and coaching players

this nonsense is merely being carried out as a means to cheapen education by using substnad teaching and sub standard buildings, and the dangers of removing democratic control can nee seen in Birmingham

now, instead of regurgitating the sales guff ask yourself why the Swedish model failed, what happened to the similar nonsense about the Big Society and why has Gove been removed and these crackpot ideas are now being reined back ?
so again avoiding the question of why the same model in Sweden failed, the fact that these schools are having to take money from other schools to be propped up. the standards are not the same - teachers without qualifications are being used, and it is nonsense to talk of people withexperience in a certain field being able to teach, why do you thing that's football coaches are now being required to have coaching qualifications, how many excellent fotballers have failed at managinf a club and coaching players this nonsense is merely being carried out as a means to cheapen education by using substnad teaching and sub standard buildings, and the dangers of removing democratic control can nee seen in Birmingham now, instead of regurgitating the sales guff ask yourself why the Swedish model failed, what happened to the similar nonsense about the Big Society and why has Gove been removed and these crackpot ideas are now being reined back ? Bob49
  • Score: -4

1:31pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Passionflower says...

I am not avoiding the question about 'the Swedish model' - I just don't know anything about it, and I prefer to reserve my opinion for subjects about which I am fully informed. Links, please? The education system in Sweden is very different from in England however, so it is inappropriate to compare success or failure. Why do you think that a new school in Bournemouth is related in any way to a model abroad? There was a need for more school places in the area, which is why Parkfield, and other local schools which are opening this September, were approved, not to take away funding from other schools but to supply a need which is well documented and backed up by the rising birthrate.
I'm afraid I don't understand your analogy to football coaches, as the staff in Parkfield ARE properly qualified and teaching the relevant subjects. Are you suggesting that a teacher with a doctorate in science or maths, for example, and a teaching degree, is not qualified to teach those subjects? Where have you got your information from? The Daily Mail? The primary schoolteachers have come from other primary schools mostly in this area, so does that mean all the schools in Bournemouth have unqualified or substandard teachers?
I am not avoiding the question about 'the Swedish model' - I just don't know anything about it, and I prefer to reserve my opinion for subjects about which I am fully informed. Links, please? The education system in Sweden is very different from in England however, so it is inappropriate to compare success or failure. Why do you think that a new school in Bournemouth is related in any way to a model abroad? There was a need for more school places in the area, which is why Parkfield, and other local schools which are opening this September, were approved, not to take away funding from other schools but to supply a need which is well documented and backed up by the rising birthrate. I'm afraid I don't understand your analogy to football coaches, as the staff in Parkfield ARE properly qualified and teaching the relevant subjects. Are you suggesting that a teacher with a doctorate in science or maths, for example, and a teaching degree, is not qualified to teach those subjects? Where have you got your information from? The Daily Mail? The primary schoolteachers have come from other primary schools mostly in this area, so does that mean all the schools in Bournemouth have unqualified or substandard teachers? Passionflower
  • Score: 3

6:38pm Tue 22 Jul 14

surfer75 says...

Passionflower wrote:
I am not avoiding the question about 'the Swedish model' - I just don't know anything about it, and I prefer to reserve my opinion for subjects about which I am fully informed. Links, please? The education system in Sweden is very different from in England however, so it is inappropriate to compare success or failure. Why do you think that a new school in Bournemouth is related in any way to a model abroad? There was a need for more school places in the area, which is why Parkfield, and other local schools which are opening this September, were approved, not to take away funding from other schools but to supply a need which is well documented and backed up by the rising birthrate.
I'm afraid I don't understand your analogy to football coaches, as the staff in Parkfield ARE properly qualified and teaching the relevant subjects. Are you suggesting that a teacher with a doctorate in science or maths, for example, and a teaching degree, is not qualified to teach those subjects? Where have you got your information from? The Daily Mail? The primary schoolteachers have come from other primary schools mostly in this area, so does that mean all the schools in Bournemouth have unqualified or substandard teachers?
yeah the area did need a new school, which was why this school was supported, and now it's LEAVING the area! Do you really think they would have had the same support to start up if they had said from the start that they planned to move to Hurn? Seems to me they have robbed a poor area to create a fancy country school for a wealthier area! nice!
[quote][p][bold]Passionflower[/bold] wrote: I am not avoiding the question about 'the Swedish model' - I just don't know anything about it, and I prefer to reserve my opinion for subjects about which I am fully informed. Links, please? The education system in Sweden is very different from in England however, so it is inappropriate to compare success or failure. Why do you think that a new school in Bournemouth is related in any way to a model abroad? There was a need for more school places in the area, which is why Parkfield, and other local schools which are opening this September, were approved, not to take away funding from other schools but to supply a need which is well documented and backed up by the rising birthrate. I'm afraid I don't understand your analogy to football coaches, as the staff in Parkfield ARE properly qualified and teaching the relevant subjects. Are you suggesting that a teacher with a doctorate in science or maths, for example, and a teaching degree, is not qualified to teach those subjects? Where have you got your information from? The Daily Mail? The primary schoolteachers have come from other primary schools mostly in this area, so does that mean all the schools in Bournemouth have unqualified or substandard teachers?[/p][/quote]yeah the area did need a new school, which was why this school was supported, and now it's LEAVING the area! Do you really think they would have had the same support to start up if they had said from the start that they planned to move to Hurn? Seems to me they have robbed a poor area to create a fancy country school for a wealthier area! nice! surfer75
  • Score: 1

11:23pm Tue 22 Jul 14

emmagp says...

I had a look around this school and being in the profession myself, was disgusted and appalled at what I saw (i.e. Complete chaos, unhygienic, poorly organised building and children 'off task', engaging in no constructive learning whatsoever). Having an extremely limited (and limiting) set of Montessori equipment which the children bang around is NOT Montessori. Furthermore, Montessori trained teachers are at best, equivalent to a Level 4 qualification. This qualification is geared towards nurseries, which is where they got their staff from! 60% of the reception and key stage 1 staff are at this level or below. Only 40% of the staff have had proper QTS training and know what they're doing! Poor environment plus poor curriculum plus poor staff = my child not going there. I just fail to understand why Ofsted haven't been in yet. Even Gove appeared to avoid the place during his recent Dorset trip! I feel so sorry for the children and for their misguided parents.
I had a look around this school and being in the profession myself, was disgusted and appalled at what I saw (i.e. Complete chaos, unhygienic, poorly organised building and children 'off task', engaging in no constructive learning whatsoever). Having an extremely limited (and limiting) set of Montessori equipment which the children bang around is NOT Montessori. Furthermore, Montessori trained teachers are at best, equivalent to a Level 4 qualification. This qualification is geared towards nurseries, which is where they got their staff from! 60% of the reception and key stage 1 staff are at this level or below. Only 40% of the staff have had proper QTS training and know what they're doing! Poor environment plus poor curriculum plus poor staff = my child not going there. I just fail to understand why Ofsted haven't been in yet. Even Gove appeared to avoid the place during his recent Dorset trip! I feel so sorry for the children and for their misguided parents. emmagp
  • Score: -3

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