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SCHOOLS FACE CASH CRISIS DOWN THE LINE...

Figures could become far more complex when the results of the recent consultations with parents on proposed catchment areas become known. However the official figures on which the County Council has been planning so far already reveal enormous problems down the line.

The new Wyre Forest Primary schools are planning their staffing and spending on the basis of the number of children they will be able to take — but as the figures below show many schools are currently likely to get far fewer pupils than they have places. If that happens they will NOT get the cash to pay for the staffing and spending which they are now planning. That is going to cause a huge problem for several schools.

Figures could become even more complex and challenging. County figures assume, for example, that pupils from the old Lea Street area will split 50 : 50 between St. George’s and St. Mary’s but we know already that some of those parents actually want their children to go to Offmore.

At the same time some schools are currently predicted to have more pupils knocking on the door than they are planning for and that is going to cause problems as well.

Clearly High Schools could face similar difficulties if the numbers chaos isn’t sorted out fast!

SORT IT NOW!

This all needs to be sorted NOW—not when the children are actually coming in through the door!

Parents need to know exactly where they, and their children stand.


KIDDERMINSTER PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN SEPTEMBER 2007...

WITH MORE PLACES THAN PUPILS...

Marlpool 420 places 235 pupils +185
St. Mary’s 210 places 159 pupils +58
Birchen Coppice 315 places 258 pupils +57
Foley Park 210 places 162 pupils +49
Chaddesley 210 places 193 pupils +17
St. Johns 420 places 409 pupils +11
Cookley 210 places 207 pupils +3

WITH MORE PUPILS THAN PLACES...

St. Georges 210 places 219 pupils -9
Wolverley 105 places 114 pupils -9
Comberton 315 places 325 pupils -10
St. Oswald’s 210 places 227 pupils -17
Spennells 315 places 344 pupils -29
Sutton Park 210 places 245 pupils -35
Offmore 315 places 405 pupils -90
Franche 420 places 581 pupils -161


St. Ambrose places...

The earlier cut in places at St Ambrose Catholic Primary School from 45 to 30 per year is now looking like a big mistake. It looks as if not even all the Catholic children who want to go there will get places in future!


High School Places...

County Council figures show that in September 2008 Wyre Forest overall will have 992 places for the 951 children starting at High School. However, in Kidderminster there will be just 559 places in the three High Schools serving Kidderminster for the 639 children from the town moving up to High Schools at that time! This clearly needs sorting. We need guarantees that there will be places for all pupils and in particular places for all pupils where they and their parents want them to be!

For September 2008 County Council figures predict...

KING CHARLES I HIGH SCHOOL...

...is scheduled to take 241 pupils from Chaddesley, Comberton, Offmore, Spennells & St. Georges’s Primaries areas for... 224 places

WOLVERLEY HIGH SCHOOL...

...is scheduled to take 143 pupils from from Cookley, Marlpool, St. Mary’s, St. Oswald’s, & Wolverley Primaries areas for... 183 places

BAXTER COLLEGE...

...is scheduled to take 255 pupils from Birchen Coppice, Foley Park, Franche, St. John’s & Sutton Park Primaries areas for... 152 places

BEWDLEY HIGH SCHOOL will have 160 places for 137 new pupils;

STOURPORT HIGH SCHOOL will have 232 places for 216 new pupils.

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