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1400 secondary age children: an existing “good” comprehensive: Gove agrees to a Free school in the same catchment area
Whitcliffe Mount has just celebrated its centenary. It had an Ofsted last month which has given it a Good and Improving outcome. The area it serves is very mixed in social and economic terms. The IMD score for the intake is just below average. Some middle class parents want a school of their own where the social mix will be substanially different – well above average on IMD scores. The catchment area they have defined will mean that Whitcliffe Mount will lose 50% of its intake.
Whitcliffe Mount was due to get investment in its buildings via BSF and there is a desperate need for work on some science labs which have not been improved for 50 years.
The proposed free school will get £10 million investment.
The consequence for the wider area is that there will be nearly 1,000 surplus places at secondary level and in the medium term will almost certainly result in one school closing.