Interest in Southampton's proposed Hope Community free school rockets

Daily Echo: Interest in proposed free school rockets Interest in proposed free school rockets

MORE than 100 families have registered their interest in sending their children to Southampton’s first mainstream Free School – before the bid has even been submitted.

As revealed by the Daily Echo, plans have been unveiled for the Hope Community primary school in Southampton – making it the first in the area to be set up independently with direct funding from central government.

The Hope Community School 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 one-form entry primary school to cater for children aged from four to 11 in the city centre.

A series of information events have been staged since the idea was first mooted earlier this year, with a number of families backing the idea.

According to those behind the bid, more than 100 parents have said they would be interested in sending their children to the new school.

Local bid leader, Dave Barclay, said: “Our team of volunteers have been meeting people across the city and talking about Hope Community School. “People are enthusiastic about the prospect of more primary school places in the city centre.

“I am excited to be in a position to bid for a primary school right where it’s needed.”

The bid is being put together in response to council figures that show a lack of school places in the city centre SO14 postcode to accommodate the number of school-aged children in the coming years.

According to the projected figures based on birth rates in the city, there will be 71 children who live in the city centre in 2015/16 who will not have a place locally. A year later that rises to 119.

The council is currently consulting on expanding schools in the east of the city to cater for the extra numbers.

The team has to submit their bid for the school, which initially would be based at Central Hall, to the Department for Education by next month.

More information about the bid is available at hopeschoolsouthampton.org.

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3:39pm Thu 24 Apr 14

mrs pepperpot says...

This will be well needed for OUR children, what with all the Immigrants applying for places.
This will be well needed for OUR children, what with all the Immigrants applying for places. mrs pepperpot
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4:34pm Thu 24 Apr 14

For pity sake says...

There is something quite unsavoury in religious groups being given the freedom to set up schools and define their own rules.
At a time when church attendance is reducing, they are turning to schools as an opportunity to recruit (brainwash) members for the future. It's a worrying trend that should be resisted (no matter what flavour of religion involved).
There is something quite unsavoury in religious groups being given the freedom to set up schools and define their own rules. At a time when church attendance is reducing, they are turning to schools as an opportunity to recruit (brainwash) members for the future. It's a worrying trend that should be resisted (no matter what flavour of religion involved). For pity sake
  • Score: 17

4:47pm Thu 24 Apr 14

elvisimo says...

mrs pepperpot wrote:
This will be well needed for OUR children, what with all the Immigrants applying for places.
not necessarily - we seem to have developed a generation of lazy thickos who don't understand the importance of education who's parents think they have no responsibility for their kids upbringing and learning. These in future could be home schooled in the art of bigotry, claiming benefits, avoiding work and reading the daily mail....
[quote][p][bold]mrs pepperpot[/bold] wrote: This will be well needed for OUR children, what with all the Immigrants applying for places.[/p][/quote]not necessarily - we seem to have developed a generation of lazy thickos who don't understand the importance of education who's parents think they have no responsibility for their kids upbringing and learning. These in future could be home schooled in the art of bigotry, claiming benefits, avoiding work and reading the daily mail.... elvisimo
  • Score: 2

6:32pm Thu 24 Apr 14

dango says...

I don't think rockets nor any other pyrotechnics should be given free to schoolchildren.
I don't think rockets nor any other pyrotechnics should be given free to schoolchildren. dango
  • Score: 7

7:15pm Thu 24 Apr 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

For pity sake wrote:
There is something quite unsavoury in religious groups being given the freedom to set up schools and define their own rules.
At a time when church attendance is reducing, they are turning to schools as an opportunity to recruit (brainwash) members for the future. It's a worrying trend that should be resisted (no matter what flavour of religion involved).
I agree. Children are not in a position to sift fact from fiction, and indoctrination at a young age, in whatever faith, should not be supported by government money like this.
[quote][p][bold]For pity sake[/bold] wrote: There is something quite unsavoury in religious groups being given the freedom to set up schools and define their own rules. At a time when church attendance is reducing, they are turning to schools as an opportunity to recruit (brainwash) members for the future. It's a worrying trend that should be resisted (no matter what flavour of religion involved).[/p][/quote]I agree. Children are not in a position to sift fact from fiction, and indoctrination at a young age, in whatever faith, should not be supported by government money like this. WalkingOnAWire
  • Score: 12

7:25am Fri 25 Apr 14

cornishkev says...

mrs pepperpot wrote:
This will be well needed for OUR children, what with all the Immigrants applying for places.
idiot
[quote][p][bold]mrs pepperpot[/bold] wrote: This will be well needed for OUR children, what with all the Immigrants applying for places.[/p][/quote]idiot cornishkev
  • Score: 3

7:16am Sat 26 Apr 14

stay local says...

Whilst I recognise and fully agree with the need for additional school spaces, I strongly disagree with any religious group setting this up. We only have to look at the news from other parts of the county where religious groups tried insidiously to inject their dogma on to vulnerable minds.

This group whilst they will claim mock indignation are no different.

Their own web site says "We are a Bible-believing and Spirit led community." ( http://www.citylife.
org.uk/Articles/1433
86/City_Life_Church/
About_City_Life/Visi
on_and_Values/Our_Vi
sion.aspx )that in it self should be sufficient to start alarm bells ringing.
Whilst I recognise and fully agree with the need for additional school spaces, I strongly disagree with any religious group setting this up. We only have to look at the news from other parts of the county where religious groups tried insidiously to inject their dogma on to vulnerable minds. This group whilst they will claim mock indignation are no different. Their own web site says "We are a Bible-believing and Spirit led community." ( http://www.citylife. org.uk/Articles/1433 86/City_Life_Church/ About_City_Life/Visi on_and_Values/Our_Vi sion.aspx )that in it self should be sufficient to start alarm bells ringing. stay local
  • Score: 1

12:56pm Wed 30 Apr 14

at_123 says...

cornishkev wrote:
mrs pepperpot wrote:
This will be well needed for OUR children, what with all the Immigrants applying for places.
idiot
Just love the easy going, tolerant people of this city - no matter what the story someone always gets in a whinge about immigrants - the other day it was the closure of Matalan today a new school opening. Is there anything we can't blame immigrants for? or cyclists? What about cyclist riding immigrants - the stuff of nightmares for so many echo readers!
[quote][p][bold]cornishkev[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrs pepperpot[/bold] wrote: This will be well needed for OUR children, what with all the Immigrants applying for places.[/p][/quote]idiot[/p][/quote]Just love the easy going, tolerant people of this city - no matter what the story someone always gets in a whinge about immigrants - the other day it was the closure of Matalan today a new school opening. Is there anything we can't blame immigrants for? or cyclists? What about cyclist riding immigrants - the stuff of nightmares for so many echo readers! at_123
  • Score: -1

1:08pm Wed 30 Apr 14

at_123 says...

at_123 wrote:
cornishkev wrote:
mrs pepperpot wrote:
This will be well needed for OUR children, what with all the Immigrants applying for places.
idiot
Just love the easy going, tolerant people of this city - no matter what the story someone always gets in a whinge about immigrants - the other day it was the closure of Matalan today a new school opening. Is there anything we can't blame immigrants for? or cyclists? What about cyclist riding immigrants - the stuff of nightmares for so many echo readers!
Oops meant cycle riding immigrants not 'cyclist riding' -and yes I do live in southampton and am not an immigrant (though that's neither here not there)
[quote][p][bold]at_123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cornishkev[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrs pepperpot[/bold] wrote: This will be well needed for OUR children, what with all the Immigrants applying for places.[/p][/quote]idiot[/p][/quote]Just love the easy going, tolerant people of this city - no matter what the story someone always gets in a whinge about immigrants - the other day it was the closure of Matalan today a new school opening. Is there anything we can't blame immigrants for? or cyclists? What about cyclist riding immigrants - the stuff of nightmares for so many echo readers![/p][/quote]Oops meant cycle riding immigrants not 'cyclist riding' -and yes I do live in southampton and am not an immigrant (though that's neither here not there) at_123
  • Score: -1

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