Labour’s candidate for Redlands, Tony Jones, is to present a petition to Reading’s Cabinet on Monday 16 April calling on the Government to reconsider the decision to only fund a new technology based 14-19 secondary school in east Reading and instead to invest in an 11 to 19 years comprehensive school which will offer a high quality, wide ranging curriculum to all young people in the area.|
The petition was launched last November and is being submitted now to coincide with the formal “consultation” into Rob Wilson MP’s plans for a “technical academy”.
Tony Jones says: “The Crescent Road site is the obvious site for a new school for East Reading but building a school there just for the 14-19 age-group is educational madness. Where are the 11-13 year-olds supposed to go, if the Government won’t fund a school for them and has built on the only site? And it seems to have changed from being a school for East Reading, to one which is simply based in East Reading with a catchment area from Basingstoke to High Wycombe.There is immense public feeling about this and I know that Reading’s Labour Council will continue to press this case to Government.”
Labour candidate for Park Ward Rachael Chrisp, who has also leafleted residents to ask for feedback on the plans, adds: “Nobody locally understands why this is only 14-19, not 11-19, nobody can see any sense in that. And people are very worried about plans to sell off the Crescent Road playing fields to pay for this scheme, which Mr Wilson and his colleagues seem to be pursuing even though it’s against the Council’s planning policies.”