negativity rules the roost

I have again watched the webcast of the call-in meeting of 18. February 2020 to question the decision of the Mayor to close Raine’s Foundation school.

I find it very disturbing that those councillors pushing for closure have not had one good word to say about the school. There are pupils in the school who are high achievers and part of the talented pupil program. Pupils go onto university. The Raine’s Sixth form is rated good and performs better than Oaklands.

Yet, all the councillors purported was that the school is a failure.

Councillor Hassell stated that the pupil numbers showed a drop-off from 2011 – 2015. Yet he forgot to mention that during that time, half the school was closed due to building work going on. The Upper school had the new building added and pupils were moved to the Lower School. The Lower school was occupied by pupils up until 2016. Then the lower building was closed due to refurbishment.

A pupil had fallen to her death in October 2010 because she was sliding down the bannisters and improvements to the building were made to prevent such further tragedies. This tragic accident had a great impact on applications of pupils.

According to the HSE, 55% of all accidents in educational facilities are due to slips and trips. There were 2.000 reported cases in 2014 alone.

Again, the lamenting about falling standards over a long perioed of time, when this is all historical and firmly rooted in the fact that the school had an extraordinary amount of children on child protection.

Repeatedly the councillors try to deny that the proportion of pupils on child protection could not have been as high as stated, yet the minutes of the governors board dated 21. September 2017 clearly states that the cases of children with short-term child protection issues had gone up to 32% and that 210 children had CP issues. A fact firmly denied by Councillor Hassell.

Clearly that is a Christian school who has taken on the kids most in need of support and this very act is thrown back into their face and they are blamed for doing the Christian thing and educating those most in need of support.

And also the head teachers report at the time stated that attendance had gone up by 1.8% and was above the national average.

Again on 30. November 2018 it was minuted that the school had a high number of CP issues and vulnerable students.

Obviously all those comments Christine McInnes made about obvious bad behaviour during an inspection can be apportioned to the large number of special support students in the school, who had not been there long enough and were being worked with.

The school should be commended for tackling such issues and preventing further exclusions of pupils, as exclusions often lead to pupils being drawn into criminal gangs.

A complaint made to the Council about incorrect statements made by Christine McInnes about the ownership of the Lower School Building in Old Bethnal Green Road makes it clear that the promises the council made to pupils, that if they change to Oaklands, they will be able to benefit from the Raine’s Lower Building is proven as incorrect as the Council does not mainly own the site.

To date the proposal is to increase the intake of Oaklands school by 60 pupils per year but no building is set aside yet, to cope with the extra intake.

The whole strategy around the amalgamation and between Raine’s and Oaklands and the closure of Raine’s is put on assumptions.

 

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