Borough buys site for potential free school
by Jim Dunton Fri 30 August 2013, 2:28 pm
Reading Borough Council has announced the purchase of a plot of land it believes could house a new secondary school to help meet the town's future needs.
It said it had bought a site in Crescent Road, East Reading, for the creation of a new secondary school which it believed would be required by 2017.
The council said it expected that any new school would be a parent-led operation, on the “free school” model favoured by Education Secretary Michael Gove.
Borough education lead Councillor John Ennis said that despite having to make savings of approximately £40 million over the next few years, education remained a key priority in the authority’s spending plans.
“By securing this site, which could accommodate a new secondary school, the council is taking a big stride towards addressing the concerns of parents in East Reading,” he said.
He added that while the creation of a University Technology College in the town this year was welcome, the new establishment would only take pupils from the age of 14, and that the proposed new school would help to meet the needs of younger secondary-school pupils.