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Knowsleys ?24 million school to close after 2 years


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Couldn't decide wether to put this in Local, Political, National or General as it seems to relate to all....so opted for General.

 

The ?24 million Huyton secondary Christ the King is to be closed by

Knowsley council only two years after it was opened? due to the fact it can only fill 516 of its 900 places.

 

It was the first of seven new secondaries to open in a ?157m revamp hailed as ?the beginning of the journey to make Knowsley the best place to be educated"

 

The council will still be tied into paying ?157m back over 25 years to a Balfour Beatty-led consortium. :roll:

 

Yet another cock up by those 'thinking' that they know best about education and the way to do it.

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but of course the problem is that now the new government has to put it all right again..... they will get a few years possibly to do so and then Millipede and his bunch of lefty work dodging union mates will come along and borrow us all into an early grave!!

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That about sums it up Baz, and the whole cycle begins all over again! :wink:

 

But when you try to explain this to Joe Bloggs, he can't see any further than Maggie's years. How can things change when there are people like that?

 

Why should we change when they haven't? :wink:

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As Churchill said - Democracy isn't perfect, but it's better than the alternatives! Problem is, democracy results in a bread an games scenario, with a short term time horizon, when most of the fundemental issues are never really addressed, as they require time, money and perseverance to overcome. Not something the "me now" generation seem prepared to accept. EG: The present Gov have inherited a poisoned chalice of sorting out the deficit, which means a period of austerity (albeit, unfairly administered); they won't be thanked for their efforts though at the next election. :?

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That about sums it up Baz, and the whole cycle begins all over again! :wink:

 

But when you try to explain this to Joe Bloggs, he can't see any further than Maggie's years. How can things change when there are people like that?

 

Why should we change when they haven't? :wink:

 

Because Mr Bloggs, this way of life just ain't good enough. This 4th world country of ours is getting worse. :wink:

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Apparently someone thought it would be a good idea to educate both Catholics and Anglicans at the same school, without considering the local wishes - a majority of the Catholics chose to send their children to fully Catholic run schools elsewhere in Liverpool!

 

Was there really no research done before it was started or was it a case of 'we know best' again?

 

What I don't understand is if the school was doing well, why could it not be changed to a different faith, or none, to make it more viable?

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Presumably those who planned this thought they were on to a good thing but didn't do enough research into local opinions and feelings.

 

I don't necessarily agree that all schools should be secular, but I do think children should attend their nearest school and that parents shouldn't be allowed to drive them except in medical need cases. If that means a new system of school buses for all, similar to America, then it's a good business opportunity for someone.

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