School scheme moves ahead

Graham Taylor, principal of New College

Graham Taylor, principal of New College

First published in News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , @Michael_Benke

PLANS for a new Free School in North Swindon are progressing well, with only a few months left until the final submission has to be made.

Owing to a future shortage in secondary school places in the area, New College is preparing a bid which needs to be given to the Department of Education by the start of October.

Much of the necessary paperwork has been done and now 750 signatures from parents who would potentially send their child to the school are also required.

Approximately 300 have so far been gathered and leaflets are being sent out to the parents of primary school children across North Swindon.

Graham Taylor, the principal of New College, said: “Overall we have been pleased with the response from people.

“Whenever you speak with people they say the option of a new school would be great.

“The difficulty then is getting them to go out and sign but I’m confident we will get everything we need, even if I have to go and stand outside Asda myself.

“Whatever happens we will be submitting the bid at the beginning of October.”

It is predicted that by 2016 there will be a shortfall of more than 200 Year 7 places in North Swindon, a figure which could double by 2019.

As a result Mr Taylor believes the case for opening a school is very strong and if that was all that was need then they could submit the bid today.

“In terms of the educational need then we have an overwhelming case,” he said.

“I don’t believe there is anywhere in the country which has such a strong need as Swindon. The document which outlines this is about 100 pages.

“This plan outlines the curriculum we will be using but because we are sticking to the National Curriculum this won’t be a problem.

“What there will be are longer days so we can add on business and computing courses.

“We need to identify a number of sites for the school, which the Government will then decide on if the bid is successful.

“We have about three or four sites where it could go so that part of the bid is sorted as well.”

Among the locations are the former Motorola factory and land around the Tadpole Farm development. To find out more visit www.newschoolfornorth swindon.org.

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2:39pm Sat 14 Jun 14

AndrewWilkins says...

So is this signatures in total from 300 parents? Parents representing 300 students? 300 students themselves? Is it from parents representing 300 children from the correct year groups? From his boasts of 100% pass rates at GCSE to his boasts of offering 175 courses to sixth form students at the new school. When will people wise up to this con man?
So is this signatures in total from 300 parents? Parents representing 300 students? 300 students themselves? Is it from parents representing 300 children from the correct year groups? From his boasts of 100% pass rates at GCSE to his boasts of offering 175 courses to sixth form students at the new school. When will people wise up to this con man? AndrewWilkins
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5:21pm Sat 14 Jun 14

anotherimigrant says...

Will it be just a muslim skool? or can anyone go to it?

Cause I is White, British and a Christian
Will it be just a muslim skool? or can anyone go to it? Cause I is White, British and a Christian anotherimigrant
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6:06pm Sat 14 Jun 14

AndrewWilkins says...

Longer days to study computing and business courses. How will that go down with the young learners? They'll be learning about Cost Avoidance, Core Competencies and Pivot Tables while their mates from Isambard will be at home playing FIFA.
Longer days to study computing and business courses. How will that go down with the young learners? They'll be learning about Cost Avoidance, Core Competencies and Pivot Tables while their mates from Isambard will be at home playing FIFA. AndrewWilkins
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8:36am Sun 15 Jun 14

Always Grumpy says...

AndrewWilkins wrote:
Longer days to study computing and business courses. How will that go down with the young learners? They'll be learning about Cost Avoidance, Core Competencies and Pivot Tables while their mates from Isambard will be at home playing FIFA.
Playing FIFA?
That's all you need to know about Isambard and the disaster of a headteacher there, who's thankfully now leaving.
[quote][p][bold]AndrewWilkins[/bold] wrote: Longer days to study computing and business courses. How will that go down with the young learners? They'll be learning about Cost Avoidance, Core Competencies and Pivot Tables while their mates from Isambard will be at home playing FIFA.[/p][/quote]Playing FIFA? That's all you need to know about Isambard and the disaster of a headteacher there, who's thankfully now leaving. Always Grumpy
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1:23pm Sun 15 Jun 14

anotherimigrant says...

They got these horses from a Trojan and they just let them roam free in these places.

I don't want to know about anyone's ala just about reading writing and rithmatic and stuff the religion were the sun don't shine,

Religion is for fools, idiots and and Neanderthals, who are canning women in the streets
They got these horses from a Trojan and they just let them roam free in these places. I don't want to know about anyone's ala just about reading writing and rithmatic and stuff the religion were the sun don't shine, Religion is for fools, idiots and and Neanderthals, who are canning women in the streets anotherimigrant
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2:17pm Wed 18 Jun 14

AndrewWilkins says...

Only people that have never taught in a school would suggest lengthening the school day. As it is, by the final lesson, the kids have had enough and they are practically unteachable.
Only people that have never taught in a school would suggest lengthening the school day. As it is, by the final lesson, the kids have had enough and they are practically unteachable. AndrewWilkins
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