Southend Council is expected to rubber-stamp plans to make Porters Grange Primary School, in Lancaster Gardens, Southend, accept 90 pupils in September this year and next. Until last year, the school took just 60 per intake.
This is despite headteacher Ros Ferdinand and chair of governors Samantha Richardson claiming this continued raised level of intake would put pupils’ education “in jeopardy”.
…Parent Clare Humphreys, of Cheltenham Road, Southend, who has a daughter at the school, added: “The school has objected in the past and still objects for valid reasons, but the local authority doesn’t seem to listen.Gosh, you’d think so, wouldn’t you? But then, thanks to State education, you aren’t ‘a customer’, so you’ll just have to lump it.
“Surely the opinions of the people who really matter – the pupils, their parents and the dedicated school staff – should be heard and seriously considered?”
Southend Council bosses say they are having to increase numbers because they are struggling to find enough new primary school places for children in the town following a baby boom over the past decade.So we’ll just squeeze ‘em all into one school.
The council says the school can use a spare classroom and two teachers’ rooms.No broom cupboards? Have they got a basement? Come on, think laterally!
Alastair Robertson, group manager for school access, said: “Porters Grange has admitted higher numbers in the past.Because, after all, Alastair doesn’t have to manage it. So, that’s all right then.
“Officers remain of the view the school has sufficient accommodation and the admission of additional numbers would be manageable.”