Today, Emma Lidiard of the Swindon Advertiser reports:
"PARENTS, headteachers and residents are being asked to take part in council-led consultation which hopes to tackle the town’s growing crisis in places for secondary school.
It is estimated that an extra 150 secondary school places will be needed in Swindon in the next five years which has sparked a council consultation into now this can best be achieved.
In the past six years the council has created 676 new primary school places to combat the borough’s growing population. This has seen eight new schools and eleven extensions taking place across the area.
However, if nothing is done, the number of secondary school places available for children currently at primary schools will fall short by 150, or five forms of entry, across the borough by 2018. That will rise to 27 forms of entry, or 810 places, by the middle of the following decade. "
Full Story here: http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/10719677.Have_a_say_on_school_places/
The Adver also reports that: "the authority is keen to canvass views on the extent to which pupils should be transported around the borough to use up all surplus places, and if new schools were to be proposed, the community’s view on whether these should be free schools The parents of all children known to be entering secondary school after 2018 will receive a letter inviting them to take part, and headteachers of all current secondary schools in the town are also being fully consulted"
I believe [below] this to be a copy of that letter*:Click thumbnail to view PDF
*Many thanks to the TS member who took the time to send me a copy for publication on TS
Swindon Borough Council Secondary School Places Consultation Webpage: http://www.swindon.gov.uk/secondaryplaces
Swindon Borough Council Secondary School Places Consultation Document: http://www.swindon.gov.uk/cd/Council%20and%20Democracy%20Document%20Library/Information%20-%20Secondary%20School%20Places%20Consultation.pdf
A quick glance through the figures contained within the consultation document appear to suggest that had the council is now using very different figures for the construction and operating costs of new schools than it previously used to justify building the Croft School.