I am a teacher and parent in the North of England. I live in a town with an under-performing secondary - there is currently no other viable choice for children, although the existing provision is under-subscribed. The school is working hard to turn itself around and has made progress in recent years.
There is an application, due to be submitted in 2012 for a small secondary to open in the area. It has a strong committee driving it and lots of parents are broadly in favour.
I am concerned (as are several others) that this school will impact negatively on the existing provision, both in terms of 'creaming off' all the middle-class, well-behaved, easy to teach kids, and financially, as the roles fall at the existing provision. One Governor estimates this could be to the tune of around a million pounds a year.
We want local parents to gear their efforts towards protecting and supporting the existing provision - this is where most of their children will end up providing the new school has an equal admissions policy (which is another cause for concern at the moment, as this is yet to be decided).