New boys-only free school for Chislehurst could get the green light

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A new boys-only free school could be coming to Chislehurst.

Bullers Wood School for Girls announced today (June 24) it has permission to apply to set up the 11-16, four-form entry comprehensive, which would open in September 2016.

Deputy headteacher Deborah Carter is hoping the proposals are given the green light following a consultation evening next month.

The team behind the project says the application comes after parents complained there was a lack of single-sex education in the borough, and also mentioned an increasing demand for school places.

Headteacher Nick Cross said the school has been successful in joining a government development programme that looks to aid the creation of free schools, and is now looking for full approval. 

He added: “The staff and governors at Bullers Wood School for Girls believe that we will be meeting demand, created by a significant increase in need for school places within Bromley in the years ahead.”

A group in Crystal Palace was successful in applying to set up a free school alongside 38 others last week (June 20) and looks likely to open a free school in the area next year.

Bullers Wood School for Girls is one of 24 groups of teachers, parents, and charities to operate as part of a national development programme that looks to see more free schools created.

The consultation evening is set to take place on Thursday July 10 at 7.30pm. 

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4:37pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Richard Comaish says...

Why are Chislehurst parents clamouring for single sex education, and the local council approving it, at a time when forward-looking Sweden has banned the genre altogether? You wouldn't think we were both on the same continent, let alone northern neighbours in the EU.
And, if there is any local discussion on the subject, making use of the experience of all those who have experienced the different types of education, same-sex or co-ed, it must be going on behind closed doors, on the quiet, somewhere, judging by this Comments column right now.
Why are Chislehurst parents clamouring for single sex education, and the local council approving it, at a time when forward-looking Sweden has banned the genre altogether? You wouldn't think we were both on the same continent, let alone northern neighbours in the EU. And, if there is any local discussion on the subject, making use of the experience of all those who have experienced the different types of education, same-sex or co-ed, it must be going on behind closed doors, on the quiet, somewhere, judging by this Comments column right now. Richard Comaish
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10:24am Wed 25 Jun 14

Eagles_Man says...

Richard Comaish wrote:
Why are Chislehurst parents clamouring for single sex education, and the local council approving it, at a time when forward-looking Sweden has banned the genre altogether? You wouldn't think we were both on the same continent, let alone northern neighbours in the EU.
And, if there is any local discussion on the subject, making use of the experience of all those who have experienced the different types of education, same-sex or co-ed, it must be going on behind closed doors, on the quiet, somewhere, judging by this Comments column right now.
The council doesn't approve free schools, the DfE does. And, as a Labour activist, perhaps you could explain why giving parents more choice is such a bad thing?
[quote][p][bold]Richard Comaish[/bold] wrote: Why are Chislehurst parents clamouring for single sex education, and the local council approving it, at a time when forward-looking Sweden has banned the genre altogether? You wouldn't think we were both on the same continent, let alone northern neighbours in the EU. And, if there is any local discussion on the subject, making use of the experience of all those who have experienced the different types of education, same-sex or co-ed, it must be going on behind closed doors, on the quiet, somewhere, judging by this Comments column right now.[/p][/quote]The council doesn't approve free schools, the DfE does. And, as a Labour activist, perhaps you could explain why giving parents more choice is such a bad thing? Eagles_Man
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9:42am Thu 26 Jun 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Richard Comaish wrote:
Why are Chislehurst parents clamouring for single sex education, and the local council approving it, at a time when forward-looking Sweden has banned the genre altogether? You wouldn't think we were both on the same continent, let alone northern neighbours in the EU.
And, if there is any local discussion on the subject, making use of the experience of all those who have experienced the different types of education, same-sex or co-ed, it must be going on behind closed doors, on the quiet, somewhere, judging by this Comments column right now.
Sweden has banned the use of gender specific terms such as "he" and "she" on the grounds that they discriminate against women.

You might think that is "forward thinking" IMHO it is silly nonsense.
[quote][p][bold]Richard Comaish[/bold] wrote: Why are Chislehurst parents clamouring for single sex education, and the local council approving it, at a time when forward-looking Sweden has banned the genre altogether? You wouldn't think we were both on the same continent, let alone northern neighbours in the EU. And, if there is any local discussion on the subject, making use of the experience of all those who have experienced the different types of education, same-sex or co-ed, it must be going on behind closed doors, on the quiet, somewhere, judging by this Comments column right now.[/p][/quote]Sweden has banned the use of gender specific terms such as "he" and "she" on the grounds that they discriminate against women. You might think that is "forward thinking" IMHO it is silly nonsense. goldenbroomboy
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5:05pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Richard Comaish says...

The answer to 'Eagles_Man:' Because they aren't the ones who have to go to school.
The answer to 'goldenbroomboy:' One alleged wrong doesn't make another wrong right.
The answer to 'Eagles_Man:' Because they aren't the ones who have to go to school. The answer to 'goldenbroomboy:' One alleged wrong doesn't make another wrong right. Richard Comaish
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5:13pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Richard Comaish says...

Having thought about it, I actually doubt the premises of the article. My suspicion is that parents are clamouring for adequate places for pupils of both sexes; it is probably *not*, as the journalist provocatively twists it, a case of parents clamouring in favour of the principle same sex schools. In any case, there is a clumsy failure to specify whether or not the parental views expressed are those of the majority of parents, and by the same token, the views of the wider constituency of taxpayers in general, and those of school pupils themselves, are not even touched upon.
Having thought about it, I actually doubt the premises of the article. My suspicion is that parents are clamouring for adequate places for pupils of both sexes; it is probably *not*, as the journalist provocatively twists it, a case of parents clamouring in favour of the principle same sex schools. In any case, there is a clumsy failure to specify whether or not the parental views expressed are those of the majority of parents, and by the same token, the views of the wider constituency of taxpayers in general, and those of school pupils themselves, are not even touched upon. Richard Comaish
  • Score: -1

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