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Struggling St Aubyns school is given hope by parents in Rottingdean

The Argus: St Aubyns in Rottingdean St Aubyns in Rottingdean

A group of parents hope they can save a school by taking it over.

St Aubyns in Rottingdean announced last week it was to close due to falling pupil numbers.

The school also blamed not being able to find a suitable replacement for the outgoing headteacher Simon Hitchings.

The announcement led to an immediate rallying call from concerned parents and ex-pupils.

They set up a Facebook group called Friends of St Aubyns and held a meeting over the weekend with staff and parents, as well as Adrian Richardson who is director of the Cothill Educational Trust, which runs the school.

A core group of parents decided to develop alternative proposals, including new initiatives for the school’s structure and funding, therefore securing the future of the school.

The non-selective school employs 67 staff and currently has a total of 155 children attending from three years to 13 years.

Financial issues

The Cothill Educational Trust and its accountants are making available the school’s financial and business records.

The trust took over the running of the school in March 2012, but when the school submitted its report to the charity’s commission in June it became clear there might be financial problems.

The report said: “The financial health of the charity remains delicate as all income is expended on the provision of education each year.

“The charity does not have the benefit of any endowed or restricted funds and therefore all bursary and scholarship awards are made from income received in the year.

'Prime location'

“St Aubyns is located in a prime location in East Sussex and owns all of the land and buildings.

“The carrying value of the land and buildings on the Balance Sheet is significantly understated.

“The association of St Aubyns with the Cothill Educational Trust will provide greater financial stability and promises to secure the future of education at St Aubyns.

”That promise fell through and the school is now on the brink. But during Saturday’s meeting, Mr Richardson said the Cothill Educational Trust had not yet taken a decision to close St Aubyns because we can't possibly make a decision like that without meetings such as this”.

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1:22pm Tue 26 Feb 13

rolivan says...

67 Staff for 155 Pupils.How many can it accommodate.Why are children travelling to Cardinal Newman from Ovingdean when this School is in their backyard?
67 Staff for 155 Pupils.How many can it accommodate.Why are children travelling to Cardinal Newman from Ovingdean when this School is in their backyard? rolivan
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1:41pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Pitviper says...

rolivan wrote:
67 Staff for 155 Pupils.How many can it accommodate.Why are children travelling to Cardinal Newman from Ovingdean when this School is in their backyard?
They're not all teachers, there are cleaners, cooks, maintenace staff, pastoral care staff and many more!
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: 67 Staff for 155 Pupils.How many can it accommodate.Why are children travelling to Cardinal Newman from Ovingdean when this School is in their backyard?[/p][/quote]They're not all teachers, there are cleaners, cooks, maintenace staff, pastoral care staff and many more! Pitviper
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1:49pm Tue 26 Feb 13

rolivan says...

Pitviper wrote:
rolivan wrote:
67 Staff for 155 Pupils.How many can it accommodate.Why are children travelling to Cardinal Newman from Ovingdean when this School is in their backyard?
They're not all teachers, there are cleaners, cooks, maintenace staff, pastoral care staff and many more!
You seem to be well informed even if Half are staff that is still 5 pupils for 1 staff Member.
[quote][p][bold]Pitviper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: 67 Staff for 155 Pupils.How many can it accommodate.Why are children travelling to Cardinal Newman from Ovingdean when this School is in their backyard?[/p][/quote]They're not all teachers, there are cleaners, cooks, maintenace staff, pastoral care staff and many more![/p][/quote]You seem to be well informed even if Half are staff that is still 5 pupils for 1 staff Member. rolivan
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1:59pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Saltdean Resident says...

rolivan wrote:
Pitviper wrote:
rolivan wrote:
67 Staff for 155 Pupils.How many can it accommodate.Why are children travelling to Cardinal Newman from Ovingdean when this School is in their backyard?
They're not all teachers, there are cleaners, cooks, maintenace staff, pastoral care staff and many more!
You seem to be well informed even if Half are staff that is still 5 pupils for 1 staff Member.
This is a public school, in a previous report it stated it can cost up to £5000 a term. Cardinal Newman is a faith school within the state sector and takes catholic children from all over Brighton.
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pitviper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: 67 Staff for 155 Pupils.How many can it accommodate.Why are children travelling to Cardinal Newman from Ovingdean when this School is in their backyard?[/p][/quote]They're not all teachers, there are cleaners, cooks, maintenace staff, pastoral care staff and many more![/p][/quote]You seem to be well informed even if Half are staff that is still 5 pupils for 1 staff Member.[/p][/quote]This is a public school, in a previous report it stated it can cost up to £5000 a term. Cardinal Newman is a faith school within the state sector and takes catholic children from all over Brighton. Saltdean Resident
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2:30pm Tue 26 Feb 13

rolivan says...

Saltdean Resident wrote:
rolivan wrote:
Pitviper wrote:
rolivan wrote:
67 Staff for 155 Pupils.How many can it accommodate.Why are children travelling to Cardinal Newman from Ovingdean when this School is in their backyard?
They're not all teachers, there are cleaners, cooks, maintenace staff, pastoral care staff and many more!
You seem to be well informed even if Half are staff that is still 5 pupils for 1 staff Member.
This is a public school, in a previous report it stated it can cost up to £5000 a term. Cardinal Newman is a faith school within the state sector and takes catholic children from all over Brighton.
Our Daughter goes to a Catholic Private School here in France. It is not allowed to stop non Catholics from attending Catholic Schools here.Also the fees are approx £85 a month which includes a 4 course lunch.Why is it so expensive for private Education in England.They are all set up as so called Charitable Organisations.
[quote][p][bold]Saltdean Resident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pitviper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: 67 Staff for 155 Pupils.How many can it accommodate.Why are children travelling to Cardinal Newman from Ovingdean when this School is in their backyard?[/p][/quote]They're not all teachers, there are cleaners, cooks, maintenace staff, pastoral care staff and many more![/p][/quote]You seem to be well informed even if Half are staff that is still 5 pupils for 1 staff Member.[/p][/quote]This is a public school, in a previous report it stated it can cost up to £5000 a term. Cardinal Newman is a faith school within the state sector and takes catholic children from all over Brighton.[/p][/quote]Our Daughter goes to a Catholic Private School here in France. It is not allowed to stop non Catholics from attending Catholic Schools here.Also the fees are approx £85 a month which includes a 4 course lunch.Why is it so expensive for private Education in England.They are all set up as so called Charitable Organisations. rolivan
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3:07pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Surely not! says...

Private schools are set up as charitable trusts so that us peasants can subsidise the education of the well off through the tax system. This redistribution of wealth helps to hold together society. Remember, we are all in it together.
Private schools are set up as charitable trusts so that us peasants can subsidise the education of the well off through the tax system. This redistribution of wealth helps to hold together society. Remember, we are all in it together. Surely not!
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4:07pm Tue 26 Feb 13

rolivan says...

The Cothill Educational Trust seems quite large with schools in France also.Could there be a little more research by Peter Truman please
The Cothill Educational Trust seems quite large with schools in France also.Could there be a little more research by Peter Truman please rolivan
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8:15pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Sea breeze says...

Really sad that any business closes and people lose jobs. This business was doing very badly, the result was inevitable.
Really sad that any business closes and people lose jobs. This business was doing very badly, the result was inevitable. Sea breeze
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10:35pm Tue 26 Feb 13

mcdbrighton says...

Sea breeze, the article says no decision has been made to close the school as yet.
It is also not yet clear that the business of "StAubyns" was doing "very badly". This is all being looked into, as the article explains.
Closure is not "inevitable", at present it simply remains undecided.
Sea breeze, the article says no decision has been made to close the school as yet. It is also not yet clear that the business of "StAubyns" was doing "very badly". This is all being looked into, as the article explains. Closure is not "inevitable", at present it simply remains undecided. mcdbrighton
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10:41pm Tue 26 Feb 13

TrueBlue13 says...

Sea breeze wrote:
Really sad that any business closes and people lose jobs. This business was doing very badly, the result was inevitable.
When the CET took over the school a year ago there appears to have been no mention of successfully running St Aubyns school as a business.
At that time CET like many others saw great potential and opportunity at St Aubyns but for whatever reason they have failed to realise it. What we are now seeing is a very positive response from the parent group who are bringing a vast array of their skills and expertise together, to turn this horrible situation around. Pretty impressive given the 48hrs notice they were given. Their success may well be critical to many businesses in and around Rottingdean who are already struggling in these tough economic conditions and who rely on the trade generated by St Aubyns. It will also come as a relief to the already oversubscribed schools in the area who are hoping they will not have to prepare to try and accomodate a further unplanned 150+ children. The community spirit and support for this lovely school has been nothing short of inspiring, indeed humbling and on looking into it a bit deeper I can see why. St Aubyns turns out some amazing children, it has an outstanding academic record with some very famous and eminent past pupils. The school's focus is on individualised learning and they have a pretty impressive track record in preparing children to go on to education in some of the finest educational institutions worldwide. The school is part of the history of Rottingdean, it has a heart and the only thing that is inevitable is that it must and will survive.
[quote][p][bold]Sea breeze[/bold] wrote: Really sad that any business closes and people lose jobs. This business was doing very badly, the result was inevitable.[/p][/quote]When the CET took over the school a year ago there appears to have been no mention of successfully running St Aubyns school as a business. At that time CET like many others saw great potential and opportunity at St Aubyns but for whatever reason they have failed to realise it. What we are now seeing is a very positive response from the parent group who are bringing a vast array of their skills and expertise together, to turn this horrible situation around. Pretty impressive given the 48hrs notice they were given. Their success may well be critical to many businesses in and around Rottingdean who are already struggling in these tough economic conditions and who rely on the trade generated by St Aubyns. It will also come as a relief to the already oversubscribed schools in the area who are hoping they will not have to prepare to try and accomodate a further unplanned 150+ children. The community spirit and support for this lovely school has been nothing short of inspiring, indeed humbling and on looking into it a bit deeper I can see why. St Aubyns turns out some amazing children, it has an outstanding academic record with some very famous and eminent past pupils. The school's focus is on individualised learning and they have a pretty impressive track record in preparing children to go on to education in some of the finest educational institutions worldwide. The school is part of the history of Rottingdean, it has a heart and the only thing that is inevitable is that it must and will survive. TrueBlue13
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3:38pm Wed 27 Feb 13

TrueBlue13 says...

IMPORTANT:MEETING 7pm tonight Weds 27 February 2013
St.AUBYNS LIBRARY
Come and hear the future plans for this great school: They would like as many people as possible to attend.
Parents, Teachers, Prospective Parents, Local people/Businesses,Al
umni
Etc. Please help to spread the word - come on lets help them along
IMPORTANT:MEETING 7pm tonight Weds 27 February 2013 St.AUBYNS LIBRARY Come and hear the future plans for this great school: They would like as many people as possible to attend. Parents, Teachers, Prospective Parents, Local people/Businesses,Al umni Etc. Please help to spread the word - come on lets help them along TrueBlue13
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