The LBTH cabinet meeting

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Spent the whole evening listening to the Tower Hamlets council cabinet meeting online and was amazed to hear that now Oaklands school has been called financially vulnerable because it has only a 4-form entry and is small.

The original plan was to close Raine’s Foundation because it was in debt and failed to attract pupils and to save money transfer Raine’s pupils to Oakland, expland Oaklands and then make Oakland viable.

The problem with this strategy was that the council has not secured the extra space for Oaklands to expand to.

The planned site, the Raine’s Lower schools has not yet been purchased by Tower Hamlets council and that is 2 years after the original decision to consider closure of Raine’s and transfer to Oaklands was made.

How can pupils now apply to Oaklands Sixth form when the Sixth form in Oaklands has not gotten a site yet?

It’s now July, school is back in September and the council still has not gotten a site to house the extra Oaklands pupils.

If that is not completely and utterly ridiculous for a council to drag pupils along in between schools and just leave to guess, which school has enough places for them is more than a worst service for education.

The council had more than enough time to secure enough space for pupils in the Oaklands ‘planned expanded Sixth form’ but so far the cuncil has failed to take decisive action.

The council now plays the same game with Oaklands that they previously played with Raine’s, playing the potentially financially unviable card and a closure may be necessary in the future.

I think it was unfair on Steering Group members to leave the situation in Limbo because pupils and parents alike were fearful that they would not find places to get a good education.

Parents didn’t want to apply to Oaklands because they did not have the extra spaces and so people probably get dispersed around the borough with Oaklands having to have problems over size.

It’s not really satisfying to hear the repeated shouts from Christine McInnes that Tower Hamlets has an excellent rate of pupils moving on to University, as this is not to continue if education gets scaled back the way they do.

They are cutting back sport and reducing school places at an alarming rate.  And whilst schools in Bethnal Green close, the youth centre has also been closed.

If the education in Tower Hamlets was really as good as they try to make us believe, wouldn’t pupils queue around the borough to get into our schools? But the opposite is the case, pupils leave the borough for Sixth form education and not a lot of pupils want to come into Tower Hamlets to learn. Normally with good schools people come from far and wide but not in Tower Hamlets.

 

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