Useful facts which came out of the meeting were:
From 15 October, a public consultation will be accessible on www.reading.gov.uk asking for views as to how RBC can meet its statutory responsibility to meet future demand for school places. I highly recommend you participate.
RBC's update on education in the East of the Borough hand-out states:
"The forecast for the next four years shows that the east of Reading will need to take more children into Reception year than there are permanent spaces. It is estimated at between 2 and 3 classes of 30 children. We therefore need to find the space for at least 14 classrooms and related facilities in the area."It continues:
"Clearly all of these children are starting primary school, they will in due course need a place at secondary school. While this does not have to be quite as local as a primary school, the overall forecast is that from 2017 there will not be enough places in Year 7 (age 11) for all those starting school and by 2020 we will need to be able to access 400 more places in year 7. The Council is therefore looking for options including the space for a new 11-16 secondary school able to take at least 180 students a year."
Rob Wilson MP, has already put together the partners and identified a portion of the Crescent Road site for the Reading UTC (
Planning application 12/01391/FUL has been submitted for the refurbishment and extensions to part of the Crescent Road Campus site for the UTC and is due to be heard by the Planning Applications Committee at a future meeting. The plans and supplementary information can be viewed on RBC's planninghome or alternatively at the Civic Centre.
The Crescent Road site is in policy SA7 of RBC’s Sites & Detailed Policies Document (SDPD). In essence SA7 sets out that the site is for educational purposes if required. However if surplus to educational requirements the site could be used for residential housing - as long as it fulfils the given criteria. I've uploaded the full text of SA7 here