Thursday 25 October 2012

Gladstone Free School proposers answer some key questions

William Gladstone makes a point...
 The proposers of a secondary free school in NW2, the four form entry Gladstone Free School, have supplied the answers to questions I sent them about their plans. They have now met with an officer from Brent Council and think that their proposal ticks all the boxes of the  partnership principles set out by the council LINK
The Questions and Answers

1. How will you ensure that all children have access to the school and what will your admissions criteria be?

Our aim is to create a non-selective community school for the Cricklewood/ Gladstone Park area. The school will be open to all but if we are oversubscribed then distance from the school will be the main criterion. We want this school to reflect the local community and will try to place it where it is accessible, though we can’t select a site until we have been approved for funding.

2. Will your school reflect the socio-economic profile of its neighbourhood as measured by the proportion of children admitted who are entitled to free school meals.

We actively want a community school that reflects the profile of its neighbourhood and are planning for at least 27% (Brent's average) of pupils on free school meals. We have chosen distance as the main criterion with the intention of siting the school in the heart of that community. We hope this will ensure a fully representative pupil intake.

3. Will you give priority to children with statements of special education need and those who are Looked After?

Pupils with Special Education Needs who have the school named on their statement will be guaranteed a place. Looked after children are given priority, as they would be with a local authority school.

4. Will you insist that all teaching staff have Qualified Teacher Status?

We anticipate that the majority of teachers will have qualified teacher status (QTS). However, in order to best support the anticipated range of educational needs we will be using a wide variety of innovative strategies, including bringing in expertise from cultural organisations, industry, universities and so on. We can't therefore guarantee that all those teaching will have QTS. What we won’t be doing is using non-qualified teaching staff to cut costs or to make profits.

5. Will your teachers enjoy the same conditions of service as local authority school teachers?

Recruiting, developing and supporting the very best teachers is a key part of our vision. We will have fair terms of employment and will consult on those terms. Our hours and our term times might be different from the Local Authority and therefore we can’t guarantee at this stage that the terms of employment will be identical. We intend to seek the two ticks for disability rating as an employer.

6. How will you ensure democratic accountability for the school and its expenditure of public money?

Our published annual accounts will be publicly available to ensure accountability. We are forming a company with charitable aims to make the bid and run the school. A partnership with Brent council remains a possibility, and we welcome other proposals to ensure accountability.

7. Have you any premises ear-marked for the school?

We are not able to select or earmark premises until we have been approved for funding and have the buildings grant. If anyone knows of any large derelict sites which might suit our proposed school please get in touch. We want something in the heart of Cricklewood/ Gladstone park with good transport links and access to open space to support our active approaches to learning.

8. How far have you got with the application/approval process?

The DfE application submission window is from December 17th to January 4th. We have been recognised by the New Schools Network as a high potential new school and so are confident that our application is on track. We need to demonstrate demand for the school with 240 signatures of parents with children in years 4 and 5 on our pledge, and welcome assistance from parents and other members of the local community with that process. Please ask your readers to take a look at our website at

9. Would you consider a partnership with Brent Council for the school?

We have invited Brent Council to consider exactly that.

10. How will you consult with neighbouring schools and the community about your proposals?

We have made considerable efforts to communicate the plans about Gladstone School to local primaries, and have invited 40 headteachers to a special information briefing. We have put information on the NorthWestTwo residents association page and we are grateful for the opportunity to seek the views of readers of Wembley Matters. We had a stall at the Brent Golden Summer festival in Gladstone Park, and have an informal information briefing session at 11.00am every Thursday in the reception area of the Crown Moran Hotel on Cricklewood Broadway. We encourage feedback, either at the Crown briefings, or via our website. To date we have had an overwhelmingly positive reception to our proposals from local residents.

Anyone who seeks further answers is very welcome to use the "questions and answers" service on our website.

1 comment:

trevor said...

its far too late in the day to start talking about morals in what has always been a corrupt self deluded society.
I have have reached the conclusion that when it comes to morals people set their own standards and this while keeping up a false front of Christianity.
like pushing tobacco has damaged no end of people, likewise lying to children about god and why we are here and where we are from and where we are going with regards to The true purpose of Christianity has always caused an immense amount of damage mentally to vulnerable young children.
if this 10 question thing is to be taken seriously then it means taking a long hard look at the standards in British society and deciding whether what we are giving our young people is in their best interests?
I mean again Teaching young people lies about the purpose of life and why we are all here
what benefit is that to them?
also filling shops shelves with endless packets of health damaging cigarettes, what benefit is that to them?
and yet both those things are what democratically elected politicians have consistently decided should be available to the public both young and old.
but if what is provided as supposed education is in reality nonsense with no value in reality then what are politicians and people with authority doing pushing those things on people?
also if cigarettes do nothing but damage health and destroy life again what are people that are democratically elected doing pushing those things on people?
the only reasonable conclusion that can be reached is that human society is corrupt and the people that are elected to govern human society are also corrupt and have low standards and they operate with double standards.
for example they tell us to pay our taxes so we do, but they for their part have cheated with their unjust expenses system.
they tell drug dealers don't deal heroin or cocaine for example but they allow people to use tobacco to exploit the public with.
so although they are right to condemn drug dealing etc, they are wrong to allow tobacco to be sold.
and again if this is meant to be a Christian nation and it is far from it in reality.
the reality is it is a seriously corrupt and deluded nation that is governed by seriously corrupt and deluded but wicked politicians who do everything for profit and operate with double standards so that with the passing of time most people can see that life under the rule of those hypocrites rather than getting better is getting worse.
we deserve so much better and children are more vulnerable now than they have ever been because standards are falling more and more and politicians are showing their true colors and really should be abandoned because following them leads to nothing but stress problems and heartache.
they are nothing but a bunch of self righteous deluded hypocrites that are ruining this country more than their predecessors.