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Consultation on Isle of Wight secondary education

Sandown Bay Academy Credit: ITV Meridian

A six week public consultation has begun on the future of secondary education on the Isle of Wight.

It follows a decision to close the Sandown Bay Academy.

People are being asked whether another academy provider should be found or if the Bay primary school should be expanded to include older pupils.

The consultation document is available here.

"The Isle of Wight Council and the Governing Body of The Bay CE Primary School, Sandown, are asking for local views on two clear options: another academy chain or an all-through school, led by outstanding local people who know the Sandown community and its young people."

"We hope hundreds of people, pupils, parents, staff, governors, residents, will get involved and take this opportunity to shape the future for education in Sandown."

– Councillor Chris Whitehouse, Cabinet Member for Children's Services

Decision day for school threatened with closure

A decision is due today on whether to close a secondary school in Basingstoke which is seen as underperforming - and merge it with another 3 miles away.

Pupil numbers at the Fort Hill Community School in the Winklebury area have dropped - with just 38 applications for 145 places for the next academic year starting in September.

There were more than 900 responses to a public consultation earlier this year over the proposals for the closure and a potential merger with the Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College (CBEC). Parents say closing the Fort Hill site would mean there is no local secondary for the children in their immediate area.


Studio discussion on secondary school places

Fred and Sangeeta discuss the growing pressure on secondary school places with Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford in the studio.

One in five Reading pupils fails to win place at secondary school they wanted

How many pupils secured places at the secondary schools they wanted? Credit: itv meridian

The number of pupils in Reading who have secured places at the secondary schools they wanted for September has fallen to less than 80 per cent.

In total, 78.4 per cent of applicants were given their first choice - down by nearly four per cent on last year.

But the total number of applications is up - from 1,702 last year to 1,805 this. It comes against a backdrop of a rising number of 11 year olds in the system.

The number of pupils given none of their choices who have been allocated schools by the local authority is also up.

The full figures for the Borough are below.

First preference: 78.4 per cent (82.3 per cent in 2016)

Second preference: 12.7 per cent (12.2 per cent in 2016)

Third preference: 4.2 per cent (2.6 per cent in 2016)

Fourth preference: 1 per cent (1.3 per cent in 2016)

Divert (where no preference options are offered): 3.7 per cent (1.7 per cent in 2016)

Education expert says parents who missed out may well get schools they want before term starts

Education expert Peter Read has urged parents to be patient, join waiting lists and consider launching an appeal if their child hasn't been given the secondary school place they wanted for September.

In Kent one in five pupils has missed out on their number one choice of secondary.

One in five pupils in Kent fails to secure place at the school they wanted

One in five pupils from Kent applying for secondary school in September has failed to secure a place at the school they wanted.

Figures released today show 80 per cent of the 16,697 applicants were allocated to their number one choice of school.

That left more than 3,500 having to settle for second best. It comes at a time when school places are under increasing pressure as a population bulge that was affecting primary schools starts to move through to the secondary years.

Kent alone has created an additional 800 places for this coming school year.

Education boss Cllr Roger Gough says it's "regrettable" that not every pupil receives a place at the school they would like, but the council is doing its best.


'Parents moving in to attend good quality Hampshire schools' says education boss

Cllr Peter Edgar, Cabinet Member for Education at Hampshire County Council, says more and more people are moving into the county to take advantage of the top quality schools there.

This year more than 13,500 applications were received - only seven per cent failed to win places at their number one choice of school.

Parents' relief at winning school places

Parents at the school gates in Winchester have been reacting with relief when they discover they have won places at the secondary schools they wanted.

Parents find it harder to get children into preferred schools

It is more difficult to get into a preferred school Credit: ITV

Parents in many areas of England are finding it tougher to get their child into a favoured secondary school than they were a year ago.

In just 12 months, more than half of the nation's towns and counties have seen a fall in the proportion of 11-year-olds winning a place at their first choice, according to a Press Association analysis of government data.

The situation has also become tougher over the past five years, with two-thirds of local authorities witnessing a drop in the percentages of pupils gaining any of their preferred schools.

New school building on target for new term

New sixth form centre should be complete for next term in September

A brand new state-of-the-art sixth form centre is on schedule to open in Berkshire for the start of the new school year in September. T

The project to construct the building at Garth Hill College in Bracknell has cost more than £6 million. It will have capacity for 400 students. Education officials are hoping it will help to ease the pressure on school places in the local area.

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