Plans for Hope Community School free school in Southampton move closer

Hampshire Chronicle: backing the bid: Billy Kennedy (left) and Paul Woodman. backing the bid: Billy Kennedy (left) and Paul Woodman.

PLANS to open Southampton’s first free school have moved a step closer.

Those behind the plans for Hope Community School have been invited to Whitehall to discuss the details of their bid to build a primary school in the city centre.

If approved, it will be the first in the area to be set up independently, with direct funding from central government.

The bid is being led by members of the City Life church, part of the New Community church network, who have put together the proposal for a two-form entry primary school to cater for children aged from four to 11 in the city centre.

The announcement that the bid has succeeded through to the interview stage is being seen as a positive step, meaning the application has already passed the initial review stage.

According to those behind the bid their plans have received support from parents across the city. Parents of more than 165 children eligible to start school September 2015, have indicated that they would consider making Hope Community School their first choice, with the parents of more than 480 children starting school from that date expressing their interest.

David Barclay, local bid leader, said “The interview is for later this month and should we be successful we expect to know by the end of the summer.”

Billy Kennedy and Paul Woodman, local church leaders backing the bid, have already met with council education bosses to discuss their plans and potential sites, should the bid be approved.

The move comes after Southampton city council also approved plans to expand St John’s primary school in French Street.

The campus will now extend to the Eagle Warehouse across the road from the main school site and include Mission Hall as the school aims to double in size from 210 to 420.

The Department for Education confirmed they had received the bid.

If the DfE approve the application for Hope Community School, it could open for September 2015.

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11:00am Thu 3 Jul 14

housewife says...

but where will they go to Secondary school as there is still NO SECONDARY SCHOOL IN CENTRAL SOUTHAMPTON
but where will they go to Secondary school as there is still NO SECONDARY SCHOOL IN CENTRAL SOUTHAMPTON housewife
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1:41pm Thu 3 Jul 14

SilvanDryad says...

I think you'll find that Rosewood School is a free school, as is Inspire Enterprise Academy (formerly Southampton Studio School). So this will be the THIRD free school in the city.
I think you'll find that Rosewood School is a free school, as is Inspire Enterprise Academy (formerly Southampton Studio School). So this will be the THIRD free school in the city. SilvanDryad
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2:08pm Thu 3 Jul 14

housewife says...

Silvandryad
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Rosewood may be a free school but it is most definitely NOT a secondary school for the hundreds of children in CENTRAL Southampton
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Inspire Academy is for 14 to 19 also is most definitely NOT a SECONDARY SCHOOL for children in CENTRAL Southampton. That and its still at the planning stage.
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Where will the kids in the centre of town go when they hit year 7 ?
Silvandryad . Rosewood may be a free school but it is most definitely NOT a secondary school for the hundreds of children in CENTRAL Southampton . Inspire Academy is for 14 to 19 also is most definitely NOT a SECONDARY SCHOOL for children in CENTRAL Southampton. That and its still at the planning stage. . Where will the kids in the centre of town go when they hit year 7 ? housewife
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2:30pm Thu 3 Jul 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

SilvanDryad wrote:
I think you'll find that Rosewood School is a free school, as is Inspire Enterprise Academy (formerly Southampton Studio School). So this will be the THIRD free school in the city.
Rosewood school in Aldermoor is not a mainstream school, it is for children with profound learning disabilities and has a large catchment area.

Inspire Academy is not a free school, it is a 'studio school' for ages 14-19 which is primarily vocational in its approach and "with year-round opening and a 9-5 working day, feels more like a workplace than a school."

Hope School is still therefore the first proper Free School proposed for Southampton.

Allowing these 'faith' schools to prosper like this is a profound mistake. Children's education and religious indoctrination shouod not be allowed to go together, regardless of what faith is involved. A majority of parents in this country do not want to see this happening. It is bad for children and bad for our society.
[quote][p][bold]SilvanDryad[/bold] wrote: I think you'll find that Rosewood School is a free school, as is Inspire Enterprise Academy (formerly Southampton Studio School). So this will be the THIRD free school in the city.[/p][/quote]Rosewood school in Aldermoor is not a mainstream school, it is for children with profound learning disabilities and has a large catchment area. Inspire Academy is not a free school, it is a 'studio school' for ages 14-19 which is primarily vocational in its approach and "with year-round opening and a 9-5 working day, feels more like a workplace than a school." Hope School is still therefore the first proper Free School proposed for Southampton. Allowing these 'faith' schools to prosper like this is a profound mistake. Children's education and religious indoctrination shouod not be allowed to go together, regardless of what faith is involved. A majority of parents in this country do not want to see this happening. It is bad for children and bad for our society. WalkingOnAWire
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4:36pm Thu 3 Jul 14

For pity sake says...

I hope the prospective parents are asking
1. if they will teach creationism or evolution,
2. if they will only have fully qualified teachers,
3. if they will refuse to employ teachers without their faith and
4. if their supplying new facilities is just a thin end of the wedge to indoctrinate our children with their superstitious beliefs when the alternative schools are too poor to consider.
I hope the prospective parents are asking 1. if they will teach creationism or evolution, 2. if they will only have fully qualified teachers, 3. if they will refuse to employ teachers without their faith and 4. if their supplying new facilities is just a thin end of the wedge to indoctrinate our children with their superstitious beliefs when the alternative schools are too poor to consider. For pity sake
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4:40pm Thu 3 Jul 14

FoysCornerBoy says...

WalkingOnAWire wrote:
SilvanDryad wrote:
I think you'll find that Rosewood School is a free school, as is Inspire Enterprise Academy (formerly Southampton Studio School). So this will be the THIRD free school in the city.
Rosewood school in Aldermoor is not a mainstream school, it is for children with profound learning disabilities and has a large catchment area.

Inspire Academy is not a free school, it is a 'studio school' for ages 14-19 which is primarily vocational in its approach and "with year-round opening and a 9-5 working day, feels more like a workplace than a school."

Hope School is still therefore the first proper Free School proposed for Southampton.

Allowing these 'faith' schools to prosper like this is a profound mistake. Children's education and religious indoctrination shouod not be allowed to go together, regardless of what faith is involved. A majority of parents in this country do not want to see this happening. It is bad for children and bad for our society.
It's not as if Southampton is under-provided with faith schools. I wonder how Michael Gove and others would react if there were a move to establish a free school in Southampton that was based on secular, humanist and co-operative principles. My hunch is that - if there was any money for a venture like this in Southampton - there would be a huge demand from right across the social spectrum.
[quote][p][bold]WalkingOnAWire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SilvanDryad[/bold] wrote: I think you'll find that Rosewood School is a free school, as is Inspire Enterprise Academy (formerly Southampton Studio School). So this will be the THIRD free school in the city.[/p][/quote]Rosewood school in Aldermoor is not a mainstream school, it is for children with profound learning disabilities and has a large catchment area. Inspire Academy is not a free school, it is a 'studio school' for ages 14-19 which is primarily vocational in its approach and "with year-round opening and a 9-5 working day, feels more like a workplace than a school." Hope School is still therefore the first proper Free School proposed for Southampton. Allowing these 'faith' schools to prosper like this is a profound mistake. Children's education and religious indoctrination shouod not be allowed to go together, regardless of what faith is involved. A majority of parents in this country do not want to see this happening. It is bad for children and bad for our society.[/p][/quote]It's not as if Southampton is under-provided with faith schools. I wonder how Michael Gove and others would react if there were a move to establish a free school in Southampton that was based on secular, humanist and co-operative principles. My hunch is that - if there was any money for a venture like this in Southampton - there would be a huge demand from right across the social spectrum. FoysCornerBoy
  • Score: 5

4:47pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Lone Ranger. says...

WalkingOnAWire wrote:
SilvanDryad wrote:
I think you'll find that Rosewood School is a free school, as is Inspire Enterprise Academy (formerly Southampton Studio School). So this will be the THIRD free school in the city.
Rosewood school in Aldermoor is not a mainstream school, it is for children with profound learning disabilities and has a large catchment area.

Inspire Academy is not a free school, it is a 'studio school' for ages 14-19 which is primarily vocational in its approach and "with year-round opening and a 9-5 working day, feels more like a workplace than a school."

Hope School is still therefore the first proper Free School proposed for Southampton.

Allowing these 'faith' schools to prosper like this is a profound mistake. Children's education and religious indoctrination shouod not be allowed to go together, regardless of what faith is involved. A majority of parents in this country do not want to see this happening. It is bad for children and bad for our society.
Its not Rosewood school but Rose Road
[quote][p][bold]WalkingOnAWire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SilvanDryad[/bold] wrote: I think you'll find that Rosewood School is a free school, as is Inspire Enterprise Academy (formerly Southampton Studio School). So this will be the THIRD free school in the city.[/p][/quote]Rosewood school in Aldermoor is not a mainstream school, it is for children with profound learning disabilities and has a large catchment area. Inspire Academy is not a free school, it is a 'studio school' for ages 14-19 which is primarily vocational in its approach and "with year-round opening and a 9-5 working day, feels more like a workplace than a school." Hope School is still therefore the first proper Free School proposed for Southampton. Allowing these 'faith' schools to prosper like this is a profound mistake. Children's education and religious indoctrination shouod not be allowed to go together, regardless of what faith is involved. A majority of parents in this country do not want to see this happening. It is bad for children and bad for our society.[/p][/quote]Its not Rosewood school but Rose Road Lone Ranger.
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4:56pm Thu 3 Jul 14

housewife says...

Rosewood school is the new building next to the Rose Road centre.
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BUT
It does not alter the fact that there is NO SECONDARY SCHOOL in Central Southampton.
Rosewood school is the new building next to the Rose Road centre. . BUT It does not alter the fact that there is NO SECONDARY SCHOOL in Central Southampton. housewife
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5:20pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Kirsty666 says...

housewife wrote:
Rosewood school is the new building next to the Rose Road centre.
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BUT
It does not alter the fact that there is NO SECONDARY SCHOOL in Central Southampton.
Can I just say St Anne's at the top of Bedford place which is seen as City Centre However it's not mixed so therefore
[quote][p][bold]housewife[/bold] wrote: Rosewood school is the new building next to the Rose Road centre. . BUT It does not alter the fact that there is NO SECONDARY SCHOOL in Central Southampton.[/p][/quote]Can I just say St Anne's at the top of Bedford place which is seen as City Centre However it's not mixed so therefore Kirsty666
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5:20pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Kirsty666 says...

housewife wrote:
Rosewood school is the new building next to the Rose Road centre.
.
BUT
It does not alter the fact that there is NO SECONDARY SCHOOL in Central Southampton.
Can I just say St Anne's at the top of Bedford place which is seen as a City Centre secondary. However it's not mixed.
[quote][p][bold]housewife[/bold] wrote: Rosewood school is the new building next to the Rose Road centre. . BUT It does not alter the fact that there is NO SECONDARY SCHOOL in Central Southampton.[/p][/quote]Can I just say St Anne's at the top of Bedford place which is seen as a City Centre secondary. However it's not mixed. Kirsty666
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9:36pm Thu 3 Jul 14

housewife says...

St Annes is not much use for boys or for those who do not want a catholic school
That and its ALREADY FULL
There is no comprehensive intake secondary school in the city centre
St Annes is not much use for boys or for those who do not want a catholic school That and its ALREADY FULL There is no comprehensive intake secondary school in the city centre housewife
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8:52am Sat 5 Jul 14

SholingBoy says...

Upper limit for walking distance to secondary school is 3 mile, unfortunately meaning ALL the city's secondary schools are technically within walking distance & catchment of the city centre. Existing schools will no doubt be expanded with the shortage of places forecast in the coming years.
Upper limit for walking distance to secondary school is 3 mile, unfortunately meaning ALL the city's secondary schools are technically within walking distance & catchment of the city centre. Existing schools will no doubt be expanded with the shortage of places forecast in the coming years. SholingBoy
  • Score: 0
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