Parents quiz Parkfield School head teacher over move to Bournemouth Airport site

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THE principal of a new free school was quizzed by shocked parents over its move from Bournemouth town centre.

Terry Conaghan told a public meeting the decision has been made to move Parkfield School to a site at Bournemouth Airport as a proposed move to the sites of the old police station and courts in Stafford Road was taking too long.

He told a gathering of parents at the Life Centre in Winton that contracts will be signed in the current weeks for the government to purchase the former air traffic control centre.

One parent said he knew of only one other school in the world which is so close to an airport.

“This does seem like a bottom of the barrel kind of site,” he said.

When Mr Conaghan said he knew of other schools near Heathrow Airport, the father responded that from this site “you could throw a tennis ball and hit an aircraft”.

Parents raised fears about transport to the new site and Mr Conaghan said the school would not be able to subsidise bus services from town.

But he added that parent groups are looking at funding a bus service and that arrangements would be announced in time for parents to make a decision before the school is expected to move in September 2015.

Mr Conaghan said there is going to be “a degree of air pollution from the airport,” but said there “is probably more air pollution” and “as much noise pollution” at the current site.

He said it is “not the perfect situation” as he always wanted the school to remain in Bournemouth “but we have very little choice at the moment,” he added.

As a free school it is being funded by the Government but is outside local authority control.

Parents upbeat over facilities

PARENTS praised the way their children had been taught at the school and many were upbeat about the new facilities at Bournemouth Airport.

Some parents said they would wait until they heard about what transportation could be arranged before making a decision on their child’s future.

Terry Conaghan, principal at Parkfield School, said Bournemouth council is not allowing them to remain in their current base at Dorset House in Christchurch Road.

He said the new eight-acre site provided bigger, purpose-built classrooms, outside space, 415 car park spaces, a canteen, large internal open spaces and room for a new sports hall and nursery.

He said it will allow them “to facilitate the curriculum, ethos and vision of the school”.

The school – for ages four to 19 – had been looking at the possibility of knocking down the old town centre police station.

It was also looking at taking over the coroner’s and magistrates courts in Stafford Road, which are still in operation.

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7:22am Fri 10 Jan 14

charlie2004 says...

The old police station site would not have been appropriate as there is no outside space. Where they are now also has hardly any outdoor space for that amount of children to run around and play. The new proposed site has plenty of outside space, but doesn't sound ideal to me. The school have already said they will not be running a bus service for those who don't have transport so how many parents would be willing to put 4, 5, 6, 7 year olds onto a bus in the morning to take them miles away to school and bring them safely home again in the evening. There must be a more appropriate site somewhere in the Bournemouth area. This strikes me of being a bit of a shambles.
The old police station site would not have been appropriate as there is no outside space. Where they are now also has hardly any outdoor space for that amount of children to run around and play. The new proposed site has plenty of outside space, but doesn't sound ideal to me. The school have already said they will not be running a bus service for those who don't have transport so how many parents would be willing to put 4, 5, 6, 7 year olds onto a bus in the morning to take them miles away to school and bring them safely home again in the evening. There must be a more appropriate site somewhere in the Bournemouth area. This strikes me of being a bit of a shambles. charlie2004

7:24am Fri 10 Jan 14

glendower2909 says...

Oh god please. Have we not done this topic to death in the original story.
Oh god please. Have we not done this topic to death in the original story. glendower2909

10:35am Fri 10 Jan 14

sea poole says...

glendower -No it hasn't -now we're getting details of the shambles (to use a word written by Charlie above)
glendower -No it hasn't -now we're getting details of the shambles (to use a word written by Charlie above) sea poole

10:44am Fri 10 Jan 14

whataboutthat says...

sea poole wrote:
glendower -No it hasn't -now we're getting details of the shambles (to use a word written by Charlie above)
Yeah agree and don't forget it's us muppets paying for this fiasco - on top of our usual contribs to local education provision to which I do not object. This free school nonsense is a floating poker game with the children as chips - c'mon.
[quote][p][bold]sea poole[/bold] wrote: glendower -No it hasn't -now we're getting details of the shambles (to use a word written by Charlie above)[/p][/quote]Yeah agree and don't forget it's us muppets paying for this fiasco - on top of our usual contribs to local education provision to which I do not object. This free school nonsense is a floating poker game with the children as chips - c'mon. whataboutthat

11:00am Fri 10 Jan 14

PML114 says...

The children are no longer the focus of this school project.
The concept that the school must exist whatever the limitations and dangers of proposed sites is one that will lead to compromise that will damage the education and development of the children caught up in this amateur debacle.
The school has no secure premises, 1 complete policy (Admissions, version 9)
13 draft policies, (all to be reviewed in September 2013 hopefully when the amateurish spelling and the woeful grammar will be ironed out).
There is no mention of a staffing list or staff qualification, teaching or otherwise.
There is reference to Montessori ( a philosophy) and International Primary Curriculum leading to an International Baccalaureate but no description or designation of how this link is established and what level of competency/experienc
e staff have in facilitating these transitions.
Part of me regrets that a comprehensive school opened within Bournemouth's selective system, cannot survive, but prolonging this agony is going to harm those children caught up in this political plaything that has no place in a settled childhood.
This duck was always lame, this goose is truly cooked, this parrot is deceased. The duck is dead.
If Bournemouth is so short of school places why do the Grammar schools enrol from areas far outside of their community?
The children are no longer the focus of this school project. The concept that the school must exist whatever the limitations and dangers of proposed sites is one that will lead to compromise that will damage the education and development of the children caught up in this amateur debacle. The school has no secure premises, 1 complete policy (Admissions, version 9) 13 draft policies, (all to be reviewed in September 2013 hopefully when the amateurish spelling and the woeful grammar will be ironed out). There is no mention of a staffing list or staff qualification, teaching or otherwise. There is reference to Montessori ( a philosophy) and International Primary Curriculum leading to an International Baccalaureate but no description or designation of how this link is established and what level of competency/experienc e staff have in facilitating these transitions. Part of me regrets that a comprehensive school opened within Bournemouth's selective system, cannot survive, but prolonging this agony is going to harm those children caught up in this political plaything that has no place in a settled childhood. This duck was always lame, this goose is truly cooked, this parrot is deceased. The duck is dead. If Bournemouth is so short of school places why do the Grammar schools enrol from areas far outside of their community? PML114

11:11am Fri 10 Jan 14

Szilvia says...

This is a shame on the local council. Bournemouth accommodates thousands uni students, 25.000 foreign students in the summer. And they are dumping local kids on industrial field.
This is a shame on the local council. Bournemouth accommodates thousands uni students, 25.000 foreign students in the summer. And they are dumping local kids on industrial field. Szilvia

11:25am Fri 10 Jan 14

PML114 says...

Bournemouth aren't doing this!!
Parkfield Trust and a ridiculous education policy are doing it.
As a Bournemouth Council tax payer I would be incensed if Bournemouth gave preferential treatment to a group that wants to set up and take money from the already inadequate budget set.
If Parkfield Trust want to set up away from local authority support, then why didn't they secure premises in the first place.
Parkfield Trust... No Park, No Field and certainly No Trust.
If they want to leave the dining table they can't expect to take the table cloth and cutlery with them.
Bournemouth will look after the 10s of children when their parents put them back into the existing system and demand that the £1m already wasted in set up, is recovered to be spent on improving the lot of the 1000s of children in Bournemouth currently having this money removed from their provision.
You cannot blame the children who are being damaged by this, you cannot blame the parents who desperately want the better system they were promised.. on paper. You cannot blame the Local authority who have had no control over this process and would have voiced their concerns. You can blame Current Education Policy, Michael Gove and Parkfield Trust.
Bournemouth aren't doing this!! Parkfield Trust and a ridiculous education policy are doing it. As a Bournemouth Council tax payer I would be incensed if Bournemouth gave preferential treatment to a group that wants to set up and take money from the already inadequate budget set. If Parkfield Trust want to set up away from local authority support, then why didn't they secure premises in the first place. Parkfield Trust... No Park, No Field and certainly No Trust. If they want to leave the dining table they can't expect to take the table cloth and cutlery with them. Bournemouth will look after the 10s of children when their parents put them back into the existing system and demand that the £1m already wasted in set up, is recovered to be spent on improving the lot of the 1000s of children in Bournemouth currently having this money removed from their provision. You cannot blame the children who are being damaged by this, you cannot blame the parents who desperately want the better system they were promised.. on paper. You cannot blame the Local authority who have had no control over this process and would have voiced their concerns. You can blame Current Education Policy, Michael Gove and Parkfield Trust. PML114

11:48am Fri 10 Jan 14

level 51 says...

Does the civil aviation authority not have concerns about this school being so close to the airport boundary.
I thought there had to be an issue with security here for both parties
Does the civil aviation authority not have concerns about this school being so close to the airport boundary. I thought there had to be an issue with security here for both parties level 51

2:41pm Fri 10 Jan 14

downmoor-ch63 says...

If the parents were so concerned about the education an welfare of their children, the they should be prepared to PAY THEMSELVES, why should Bournemouths Council Tax, payers have to pay, arent the exsisting Schools good enough?.
If the parents were so concerned about the education an welfare of their children, the they should be prepared to PAY THEMSELVES, why should Bournemouths Council Tax, payers have to pay, arent the exsisting Schools good enough?. downmoor-ch63

3:23pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Mike R-B says...

level 51 wrote:
Does the civil aviation authority not have concerns about this school being so close to the airport boundary.
I thought there had to be an issue with security here for both parties
Put a wind sock in it.
Sudden loud aircraft noise from take off and landing giant airliners, noise whilst taxiing, making talking and listening difficult, fumes when running up at engines at the terminal, emergency fire drilling, tannoy announcements, fumes in the air most of the time, distractions by continual flying school aircraft activity viewed from windows during lessons and vehicular traffic jams outside if the school run coincides with a flight arrival.
Apart from that it's ideal I guess.
[quote][p][bold]level 51[/bold] wrote: Does the civil aviation authority not have concerns about this school being so close to the airport boundary. I thought there had to be an issue with security here for both parties[/p][/quote]Put a wind sock in it. Sudden loud aircraft noise from take off and landing giant airliners, noise whilst taxiing, making talking and listening difficult, fumes when running up at engines at the terminal, emergency fire drilling, tannoy announcements, fumes in the air most of the time, distractions by continual flying school aircraft activity viewed from windows during lessons and vehicular traffic jams outside if the school run coincides with a flight arrival. Apart from that it's ideal I guess. Mike R-B

4:39pm Fri 10 Jan 14

sea poole says...

£2.50 for kids' drop-off?
£2.50 for kids' drop-off? sea poole

5:46pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Gordon Cann says...

I wait in vain for a comment from one or both or the two Bournemouth MPS, ,they voted the legislation that permits this kind of school and the expenditure that goes with it.
Have they nothing to say?
I wait in vain for a comment from one or both or the two Bournemouth MPS, ,they voted the legislation that permits this kind of school and the expenditure that goes with it. Have they nothing to say? Gordon Cann

6:24pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Bob49 says...

Szilvia wrote:
This is a shame on the local council. Bournemouth accommodates thousands uni students, 25.000 foreign students in the summer. And they are dumping local kids on industrial field.
This has nothing to do with the council and everything to do with the dogma that is trying to force this flawed system through. Uni students were placed in buildings sourced and put up BEFORE they arrive. They are also adults with all the consequent responsibility, who will not be expected to spend 8 hours a day in classrooms. The 25,000 foreign students are NOT attending class at the same time, they are spread out trough the summer.

It is a measure of the deception and delusion that underpins this failure that you should put up such nonsense.

Whilst the countries in the far east are pushing ahead as fast as they can with educating their children, we are shoving our kids through scout camps, disused offices and wartime nissan huts. Education on the cheap as opposed to the slick sales patter suggested to greedy parents that they could get a 'private' education on the back (and pocket) of the rest.

If this so good then why have the rest of the world not taken it up - Sweden has admitted their experiment was a dreadful and costly failure and are looking to close it down ? Why are the MP's who voted for this not sending their children to these places ? And why has there been such a small uptake in the rest of the UK despite the huge initial bribes and subsidies ?

Children need the best education possible. Not being used by dogmatic politicians and greedy parents. Sadly once those subsidies and bribes move we will see what having a school with no democratic control and ran by big business means.

Lets hope that eventually enough parents wake up and stop conning themselves - just as the have been all the way up to this point.
[quote][p][bold]Szilvia[/bold] wrote: This is a shame on the local council. Bournemouth accommodates thousands uni students, 25.000 foreign students in the summer. And they are dumping local kids on industrial field.[/p][/quote]This has nothing to do with the council and everything to do with the dogma that is trying to force this flawed system through. Uni students were placed in buildings sourced and put up BEFORE they arrive. They are also adults with all the consequent responsibility, who will not be expected to spend 8 hours a day in classrooms. The 25,000 foreign students are NOT attending class at the same time, they are spread out trough the summer. It is a measure of the deception and delusion that underpins this failure that you should put up such nonsense. Whilst the countries in the far east are pushing ahead as fast as they can with educating their children, we are shoving our kids through scout camps, disused offices and wartime nissan huts. Education on the cheap as opposed to the slick sales patter suggested to greedy parents that they could get a 'private' education on the back (and pocket) of the rest. If this so good then why have the rest of the world not taken it up - Sweden has admitted their experiment was a dreadful and costly failure and are looking to close it down ? Why are the MP's who voted for this not sending their children to these places ? And why has there been such a small uptake in the rest of the UK despite the huge initial bribes and subsidies ? Children need the best education possible. Not being used by dogmatic politicians and greedy parents. Sadly once those subsidies and bribes move we will see what having a school with no democratic control and ran by big business means. Lets hope that eventually enough parents wake up and stop conning themselves - just as the have been all the way up to this point. Bob49

11:41pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Yankee1 says...

Judging by the paucity of flights coming into/leaving from Hurn, it seems to be a tempest in a teapot.

Perhaps the University can take over the whole airport and do everyone a big favour.....
Judging by the paucity of flights coming into/leaving from Hurn, it seems to be a tempest in a teapot. Perhaps the University can take over the whole airport and do everyone a big favour..... Yankee1

9:28am Sat 11 Jan 14

PML114 says...

Chair of governors in a sinking school
Chief exec of a hospital in trouble
Go for the hat trick tony take over IMAX. Oh sorry too late
Chair of governors in a sinking school Chief exec of a hospital in trouble Go for the hat trick tony take over IMAX. Oh sorry too late PML114

11:56am Sat 11 Jan 14

hello bournemouth says...

Bob49 wrote:
Szilvia wrote: This is a shame on the local council. Bournemouth accommodates thousands uni students, 25.000 foreign students in the summer. And they are dumping local kids on industrial field.
This has nothing to do with the council and everything to do with the dogma that is trying to force this flawed system through. Uni students were placed in buildings sourced and put up BEFORE they arrive. They are also adults with all the consequent responsibility, who will not be expected to spend 8 hours a day in classrooms. The 25,000 foreign students are NOT attending class at the same time, they are spread out trough the summer. It is a measure of the deception and delusion that underpins this failure that you should put up such nonsense. Whilst the countries in the far east are pushing ahead as fast as they can with educating their children, we are shoving our kids through scout camps, disused offices and wartime nissan huts. Education on the cheap as opposed to the slick sales patter suggested to greedy parents that they could get a 'private' education on the back (and pocket) of the rest. If this so good then why have the rest of the world not taken it up - Sweden has admitted their experiment was a dreadful and costly failure and are looking to close it down ? Why are the MP's who voted for this not sending their children to these places ? And why has there been such a small uptake in the rest of the UK despite the huge initial bribes and subsidies ? Children need the best education possible. Not being used by dogmatic politicians and greedy parents. Sadly once those subsidies and bribes move we will see what having a school with no democratic control and ran by big business means. Lets hope that eventually enough parents wake up and stop conning themselves - just as the have been all the way up to this point.
"Uni students were placed in buildings sourced and put up BEFORE they arrive."

The Uni are taking over already existing office blocks in Bournemouth. I do believe Bracken House next door to Dorset House is being converted into student accommodation

"Children need the best education possible. Not being used by dogmatic politicians and greedy parents. Sadly once those subsidies and bribes move we will see what having a school with no democratic control and ran by big business means. Lets hope that eventually enough parents wake up and stop conning themselves - just as the have been all the way up to this point."

In your eyes Bob, where would a non-greedy parent like yourself put your children locally? I can see you are not happy with this school but it seems you are also taking that out on the parents, none of which I doubt you know or have any knowledge (or interest) in their circumstances. Or if you did, I very much doubt they would be your friend after reading that!

Might be best to stick to the facts and steer off the personal agenda here
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Szilvia[/bold] wrote: This is a shame on the local council. Bournemouth accommodates thousands uni students, 25.000 foreign students in the summer. And they are dumping local kids on industrial field.[/p][/quote]This has nothing to do with the council and everything to do with the dogma that is trying to force this flawed system through. Uni students were placed in buildings sourced and put up BEFORE they arrive. They are also adults with all the consequent responsibility, who will not be expected to spend 8 hours a day in classrooms. The 25,000 foreign students are NOT attending class at the same time, they are spread out trough the summer. It is a measure of the deception and delusion that underpins this failure that you should put up such nonsense. Whilst the countries in the far east are pushing ahead as fast as they can with educating their children, we are shoving our kids through scout camps, disused offices and wartime nissan huts. Education on the cheap as opposed to the slick sales patter suggested to greedy parents that they could get a 'private' education on the back (and pocket) of the rest. If this so good then why have the rest of the world not taken it up - Sweden has admitted their experiment was a dreadful and costly failure and are looking to close it down ? Why are the MP's who voted for this not sending their children to these places ? And why has there been such a small uptake in the rest of the UK despite the huge initial bribes and subsidies ? Children need the best education possible. Not being used by dogmatic politicians and greedy parents. Sadly once those subsidies and bribes move we will see what having a school with no democratic control and ran by big business means. Lets hope that eventually enough parents wake up and stop conning themselves - just as the have been all the way up to this point.[/p][/quote]"Uni students were placed in buildings sourced and put up BEFORE they arrive." The Uni are taking over already existing office blocks in Bournemouth. I do believe Bracken House next door to Dorset House is being converted into student accommodation "Children need the best education possible. Not being used by dogmatic politicians and greedy parents. Sadly once those subsidies and bribes move we will see what having a school with no democratic control and ran by big business means. Lets hope that eventually enough parents wake up and stop conning themselves - just as the have been all the way up to this point." In your eyes Bob, where would a non-greedy parent like yourself put your children locally? I can see you are not happy with this school but it seems you are also taking that out on the parents, none of which I doubt you know or have any knowledge (or interest) in their circumstances. Or if you did, I very much doubt they would be your friend after reading that! Might be best to stick to the facts and steer off the personal agenda here hello bournemouth

1:45pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Bob49 says...

Irony is certainly not your strongest subject is hB

personal attacks, facts ......... oh dear
Irony is certainly not your strongest subject is hB personal attacks, facts ......... oh dear Bob49

5:51pm Sat 11 Jan 14

hello bournemouth says...

Bob49 wrote:
Irony is certainly not your strongest subject is hB personal attacks, facts ......... oh dear
having read a number of your posts Bob, it clearly isnt your strongest point either

Bob, have you ever thought of being a councillor for Bournemouth? I think you would have every issue resolved within your first week of office. might be more productive than the obsessive compulsive fixation you have for the echo comments section

plus, you dont have to hide behind a moniker... you could walk the streets of this fine town with your head held high... shaking hands and high fiving the youngsters (but only the youngsters that you approve of, of course!)
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: Irony is certainly not your strongest subject is hB personal attacks, facts ......... oh dear[/p][/quote]having read a number of your posts Bob, it clearly isnt your strongest point either Bob, have you ever thought of being a councillor for Bournemouth? I think you would have every issue resolved within your first week of office. might be more productive than the obsessive compulsive fixation you have for the echo comments section plus, you dont have to hide behind a moniker... you could walk the streets of this fine town with your head held high... shaking hands and high fiving the youngsters (but only the youngsters that you approve of, of course!) hello bournemouth

6:04pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Bob49 says...

Sounds like it's your fixation with me given how you read all of my posts (I doubt anyone else does), yet appear here for the first time under this name

Still, if it makes you happy or fulfills some desperate need then you carry on

I look forward to your next name
Sounds like it's your fixation with me given how you read all of my posts (I doubt anyone else does), yet appear here for the first time under this name Still, if it makes you happy or fulfills some desperate need then you carry on I look forward to your next name Bob49

6:34pm Sat 11 Jan 14

hello bournemouth says...

Bob49 wrote:
Sounds like it's your fixation with me given how you read all of my posts (I doubt anyone else does), yet appear here for the first time under this name Still, if it makes you happy or fulfills some desperate need then you carry on I look forward to your next name
you would make a great counciller Bob. when one of your points are questioned and evidence shared (Braken House) instead of agreeing you were wrong you go on the attack...

you would make a great spindoctor. Blair would of loved you

Bob, instead of looking at life as doom and gloom, get off the keyboard and do something about it. make yourself happy...

ill try by offering you a smily face my friend

:)
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: Sounds like it's your fixation with me given how you read all of my posts (I doubt anyone else does), yet appear here for the first time under this name Still, if it makes you happy or fulfills some desperate need then you carry on I look forward to your next name[/p][/quote]you would make a great counciller Bob. when one of your points are questioned and evidence shared (Braken House) instead of agreeing you were wrong you go on the attack... you would make a great spindoctor. Blair would of loved you Bob, instead of looking at life as doom and gloom, get off the keyboard and do something about it. make yourself happy... ill try by offering you a smily face my friend :) hello bournemouth

5:59pm Mon 13 Jan 14

maisie2010 says...

Myself and I am sure a lot of other people who send their children to Parkfield are fed up with hearing all the negative comments regarding the school the ethos of the school, the location of the school and how much its costing the tax payer. The headmaster and everyone involved with the setting up of the school have done everything they can to get the school of the ground and to settle the children that are attending at the moment. My two children attend there now and my daughter will be starting in September, I am very happy with how they are getting on and what they are being taught, they have indeed learnt a lot more in the months that they have attended since September than they seemed to have learnt in their previous school. With regard to the comment about aren't the state schools that we have enough, my response would be, no they aren't, in the school that my children attended the levels that they were attaining certainly weren't enough, they might be enough for some people might they weren't enough for me!!! I think that the children should be given the best start in life and to be given the best education available to them. This I believe is at Parkfield. I truly wish that anyone who is not involved with the school or who doesn't know the FACTS, really wouldn't comment as all you are commenting on its whats written about it in the paper or on the television!!!! Not on what you know to be true.
Myself and I am sure a lot of other people who send their children to Parkfield are fed up with hearing all the negative comments regarding the school the ethos of the school, the location of the school and how much its costing the tax payer. The headmaster and everyone involved with the setting up of the school have done everything they can to get the school of the ground and to settle the children that are attending at the moment. My two children attend there now and my daughter will be starting in September, I am very happy with how they are getting on and what they are being taught, they have indeed learnt a lot more in the months that they have attended since September than they seemed to have learnt in their previous school. With regard to the comment about aren't the state schools that we have enough, my response would be, no they aren't, in the school that my children attended the levels that they were attaining certainly weren't enough, they might be enough for some people might they weren't enough for me!!! I think that the children should be given the best start in life and to be given the best education available to them. This I believe is at Parkfield. I truly wish that anyone who is not involved with the school or who doesn't know the FACTS, really wouldn't comment as all you are commenting on its whats written about it in the paper or on the television!!!! Not on what you know to be true. maisie2010

9:50am Tue 14 Jan 14

PML114 says...

Of course this is laudable, and every parent wants to have the best for their children.
The problem is that this small group of children and their parents have had over £1.5 invested in a nebulous and uncertain future. This money has been, and will be continued to be, removed from the budget allocated to our children. Therefore it is our business. If you wish total autonomy, pay for it.
Whilst you may be initially impressed with the current provision, there is no guarantee that this will be the situation when your children are being taught in their next office block or derelict building.
I have noted before that the documentation allied with the school is neither professional nor competent; as a first impression this does not bode well.
There comes a point when the insecurity, the lack of facilities and the total absence of definition in the curriculum will lead to your children being disadvantaged. You cannot buy back this time, they are your children, you have made choices but you have used our money. Don't blame people for commenting and certainly don't expect silence when the waste, fiscal, physical and psychological becomes manifest.
Of course this is laudable, and every parent wants to have the best for their children. The problem is that this small group of children and their parents have had over £1.5 invested in a nebulous and uncertain future. This money has been, and will be continued to be, removed from the budget allocated to our children. Therefore it is our business. If you wish total autonomy, pay for it. Whilst you may be initially impressed with the current provision, there is no guarantee that this will be the situation when your children are being taught in their next office block or derelict building. I have noted before that the documentation allied with the school is neither professional nor competent; as a first impression this does not bode well. There comes a point when the insecurity, the lack of facilities and the total absence of definition in the curriculum will lead to your children being disadvantaged. You cannot buy back this time, they are your children, you have made choices but you have used our money. Don't blame people for commenting and certainly don't expect silence when the waste, fiscal, physical and psychological becomes manifest. PML114

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