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Burnham needs a secondary school

Second Listening Period until Friday, July 12th 2019

It's not clear why there's a second 'listening period' over the closure of Burnham Park Academy, but it's an opportunity to say again that we need a non-selective secondary school in Burnham.

PLEASE write to consult@e-act.org.uk and the Regional Schools Commission Catherine.TURTON-RYZ@education.gov.uk. Another address to try is commissioner's office rsc.scnwlon@education.gov.uk

Tell them that the low pupils forecasts provided by Bucks County Council are because E-Act has failed the school and parents don't sent their children to failing schools. In just 7 years, pupils numbers have dropped 63% and the sixth form has closed due to E-ACTs actions or inactions.

Tell them that Maidenhead Borough has said that with 9000 new dwellings, there will be fewer places for Buckinghamshire children in future

Tell them that transporting all Burnham pupils to Bourne End would require 20 coaches along unsuitable roads.

Tell them that Burnham, Dorney and Taplow generate 5 forms of entry. In additional, Farnham and Wooburn pupils would appreciate the choice of a good Burnham school. We are pleased that Slough expects to have enough places for its local children, but that doesn't change the requirements for a Burnham school.

Please get writing for the sake of future children and our village.

The requirement for an excellent secondary school

Burnham needs a secondary school

The non-selective secondary school in Burnham is closing due to low pupil numbers after the academy group E-Act was given approval from the Minister of State. In the 7 years since E-Act took over managing the school, pupil numbers have slumped by 63% and the sixth form has closed.

There is a demand for good school places but parents will not send their children to a failing school, if there are alternatives which Maidenhead has provided for many decades.

Burnham and the surrounding Buckinghamshire area has a population of over 20,000. Pupils from Britwell and Cippenham (joint pop 15,000) have traditionally also attended the non-selective secondary school in Burnham. On those estimates, an excellent school in Burnham would attract an 8 form entry (allowing for 25% going to grammar schools and 15% going elsewhere). The grammar school has a 5 form entry.

Alternatively, the 4 local Bucks primary schools have 5 forms and the 2 Slough schools on the border have 6. Taking out the 25% grammar pupils confirms the requirement for an 8 form entry.

Currently, these pupils attended Slough or Maidenhead schools. Maidenhead borough has said that with 5000 new dwellings, it doesn't expect to be able to meet demand from Bucks children. With no local school, over 1000 children need transport which the council would have to pay in future (over the 3 mile limit). That is over 25 coach loads travelling along roads with weight limits as the trains go to Maidenhead and Slough, not to Bourne End, Stoke Poges or Beaconsfield (the only Bucks schools available).

The school site is in the middle of the village, with excellent sports hall and plenty of playing fields. The building was already used by outside bodies and there is known demand for their further use at weekends and after school.

A local school has many other advantages

  • Joining in after school activities
  • After school tuition for GCSEs
  • Sharing village events and clubs with school friends
  • Walking or cycling to school
  • Saving an hour each way on bus or rail journeys
  • Saving £800 pa on travel costs

Burnham needs a secondary school. Local people of all parties and none are fighting to ensure that Burnham is not neglected in this matter.