Protest over bulge class imposed on Davigdor Infant School

Protest over bulge class

Protest over bulge class

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Parents held a protest after an extra class of 30 pupils was imposed on their school.

Mums and dads at Hove's Davigdor Infant School said the move would lead to overcrowding after hearing of the plans yesterday morning.

They also accused Brighton and Hove City Council of not consulting them over the so-called “bulge class”.

Despite their protests, and 200 signature petition, the new class will be in place from September, taking the school's population to 420.

It comes just two years after a similar bulge class was introduced.


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Parent Ruth Cobb, who has had three children at the school, said: “We were given assurances that this would not happen again and there has been no consultation.

“It is a nightmare at the school already with the amount of students and with more students we will face overcrowding.”

In 2012 the council told The Argus the bulge class would be a “one-off” measure.

A council spokeswoman yesterday confirmed Saltdean Primary will also be taking an extra class from September.

The announcement comes a week after councillors warned the city was heading for a school place crisis as early as 2017.

The council said they “regret” having to impose the new class but added it was necessary.

A spokesman said: “We recognise the challenges that this will put on the school, and we are very grateful to the school for its assurance that it will work with us on this and do everything it can to ensure that the outstanding character of the school will be maintained.

“Through this action an extra 30 young children will be able to go to a school that is near to them, rather than having to travel considerable distances across the city.

“We have no information to suggest that pupil safety might be compromised by the extra 'bulge' class.”

She added: “Rising primary pupil numbers is a national phenomenon. Local authorities all over the country have had to create bulge classes in recent years and this is not because of poor planning.

“In Brighton & Hove we have had to create bulge classes in five of the last seven years.”

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8:16am Sat 5 Apr 14

Can this be says...

What does Councillor Sue Shanks have to say on the subject? On this occasion, this is actually her area of responsibility in the Council so she should comment? Are there more bulge classes on the way? Do we know if there is a need?
What does Councillor Sue Shanks have to say on the subject? On this occasion, this is actually her area of responsibility in the Council so she should comment? Are there more bulge classes on the way? Do we know if there is a need? Can this be
  • Score: 11

9:02am Sat 5 Apr 14

Fight_Back says...

Regardless of the rights and wrongs of creating the bulge class the most worrying point to come out of the situation is that clearly we can't trust our own council to tell the truth. "One off" - means just that - ONCE !!!! What else have the council lied to the local residents about ?
Regardless of the rights and wrongs of creating the bulge class the most worrying point to come out of the situation is that clearly we can't trust our own council to tell the truth. "One off" - means just that - ONCE !!!! What else have the council lied to the local residents about ? Fight_Back
  • Score: 22

9:48am Sat 5 Apr 14

pwlr1966 says...

Get used to it, with pupil numbers increasing and no school expansion in sight also school budgets being cut so no money for extra teachers. This council is so shortsighted. Roll on 2015
Get used to it, with pupil numbers increasing and no school expansion in sight also school budgets being cut so no money for extra teachers. This council is so shortsighted. Roll on 2015 pwlr1966
  • Score: 9

9:54am Sat 5 Apr 14

7dialsSeagul says...

How can this possibly not be poor planning? We know that 'bulge classes have been created in 5 of the last seven years and that a crisis is coming as this is a continuing trend!! These are not bulges but a sustainable increase and any other name is just pure marketing spin by the council trying to cover up an inadequate policy. They are called bulge classes just to force through last minute emergency measures which otherwise would require consultation.

The school was given no notice of this increase and not time to organise any kind of resistance to this move. It is already bursting at the seems and it is a soft target as the only place to stick theses new kids. Everyone knows further increase is entirely inappropriate which is why the council promised it would not happen again. This is a cynical betrayal of all the kids at the school and of the democratic process pushing through school expansion without consultation, through the back door of 'emergency bulge' which has been actually known about for years.

The government spokes person and those involved in this decision should be ashamed of themselves dressing it up as a positive story of people getting place close to them. It is an awful failure of planning which will effect all of the kids at the school in a negative way including those in the bulge year itself.

Shocking!
How can this possibly not be poor planning? We know that 'bulge classes have been created in 5 of the last seven years and that a crisis is coming as this is a continuing trend!! These are not bulges but a sustainable increase and any other name is just pure marketing spin by the council trying to cover up an inadequate policy. They are called bulge classes just to force through last minute emergency measures which otherwise would require consultation. The school was given no notice of this increase and not time to organise any kind of resistance to this move. It is already bursting at the seems and it is a soft target as the only place to stick theses new kids. Everyone knows further increase is entirely inappropriate which is why the council promised it would not happen again. This is a cynical betrayal of all the kids at the school and of the democratic process pushing through school expansion without consultation, through the back door of 'emergency bulge' which has been actually known about for years. The government spokes person and those involved in this decision should be ashamed of themselves dressing it up as a positive story of people getting place close to them. It is an awful failure of planning which will effect all of the kids at the school in a negative way including those in the bulge year itself. Shocking! 7dialsSeagul
  • Score: 13

11:56am Sat 5 Apr 14

Mandy Drews says...

What this article doesn't make clear is that this not simply 30 extra children - infact if this goes ahead the school will have expanded by over 55% in the past 5 years. The infant school will have 60 extra children than it was built for. Is it just me that thinks another intake of 150 4 year olds is unacceptable?
What this article doesn't make clear is that this not simply 30 extra children - infact if this goes ahead the school will have expanded by over 55% in the past 5 years. The infant school will have 60 extra children than it was built for. Is it just me that thinks another intake of 150 4 year olds is unacceptable? Mandy Drews
  • Score: 7

12:30pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Herbertfarquarson says...

No good complaining when the country has become subject to mass immigration. This is what goes with it. Also the increase in teaching and catering resources to cater for the demands of the foreign incomers means a huge increase in costs and a worse education overall.
No good complaining when the country has become subject to mass immigration. This is what goes with it. Also the increase in teaching and catering resources to cater for the demands of the foreign incomers means a huge increase in costs and a worse education overall. Herbertfarquarson
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12:51pm Sat 5 Apr 14

7dialsSeagul says...

Herbertfarquarson wrote:
No good complaining when the country has become subject to mass immigration. This is what goes with it. Also the increase in teaching and catering resources to cater for the demands of the foreign incomers means a huge increase in costs and a worse education overall.
Children's population growth clearly comes from many sources, a minor one is immigration and a major one is families moving to Brighton from London to get better quality of life. Fair play to them, Brighton is a great place to live.

The issue is that the population is rapidly expanding and we have known it for ages but are failing to deal with it and pretending the growth is a continual 'surprise'.

Time to get a grip of the situation and act on a real crisis whatever the cause. We've got to stop kicking the can down the road.
[quote][p][bold]Herbertfarquarson[/bold] wrote: No good complaining when the country has become subject to mass immigration. This is what goes with it. Also the increase in teaching and catering resources to cater for the demands of the foreign incomers means a huge increase in costs and a worse education overall.[/p][/quote]Children's population growth clearly comes from many sources, a minor one is immigration and a major one is families moving to Brighton from London to get better quality of life. Fair play to them, Brighton is a great place to live. The issue is that the population is rapidly expanding and we have known it for ages but are failing to deal with it and pretending the growth is a continual 'surprise'. Time to get a grip of the situation and act on a real crisis whatever the cause. We've got to stop kicking the can down the road. 7dialsSeagul
  • Score: 4

1:16pm Sat 5 Apr 14

ourcoalition says...

Herbertfarquarson wrote:
No good complaining when the country has become subject to mass immigration. This is what goes with it. Also the increase in teaching and catering resources to cater for the demands of the foreign incomers means a huge increase in costs and a worse education overall.
Absolute rubbish in this City - there are no statistics whatsoever to support your statement. The "bulge" is almost entirely due to a rising birth rate/with additional residents in the City (not immigrants, as you suggest, from outside the country).

The Government has known this for at least 5 years, and dumped the problem on Councils, without any extra resources, unless they are for Academy or Free Schools - all new school builds have to be Academies, under Whitehall control - therefore not democratically accountable to parents or the Local Education Authority. Therein, lies the problem, which conveniently, the Tories (and for other reasons UKIPers) can blame on locally elected Councillors.
[quote][p][bold]Herbertfarquarson[/bold] wrote: No good complaining when the country has become subject to mass immigration. This is what goes with it. Also the increase in teaching and catering resources to cater for the demands of the foreign incomers means a huge increase in costs and a worse education overall.[/p][/quote]Absolute rubbish in this City - there are no statistics whatsoever to support your statement. The "bulge" is almost entirely due to a rising birth rate/with additional residents in the City (not immigrants, as you suggest, from outside the country). The Government has known this for at least 5 years, and dumped the problem on Councils, without any extra resources, unless they are for Academy or Free Schools - all new school builds have to be Academies, under Whitehall control - therefore not democratically accountable to parents or the Local Education Authority. Therein, lies the problem, which conveniently, the Tories (and for other reasons UKIPers) can blame on locally elected Councillors. ourcoalition
  • Score: 3

2:04pm Sat 5 Apr 14

worried_mum says...

Strange though, that other schools in the City are under-subscribed with 20-25 children per class; but of course that's nothing whatsoever to do with the snob factor about not wanting your children to go to perfectly good schools, just because they are in certain areas is it?!
Strange though, that other schools in the City are under-subscribed with 20-25 children per class; but of course that's nothing whatsoever to do with the snob factor about not wanting your children to go to perfectly good schools, just because they are in certain areas is it?! worried_mum
  • Score: 3

2:45pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Sir Prised says...

Population is the elephant in the room and no one dare talk about it. There are millions in North Africa heading this way and our border control has been handed to the edges of the EU with Turkey and even possibly the Ukraine upcoming members. You couldn't make uo the crass stupidity of it all !!
Population is the elephant in the room and no one dare talk about it. There are millions in North Africa heading this way and our border control has been handed to the edges of the EU with Turkey and even possibly the Ukraine upcoming members. You couldn't make uo the crass stupidity of it all !! Sir Prised
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3:34pm Sat 5 Apr 14

rizzz2002 says...

Can this be wrote:
What does Councillor Sue Shanks have to say on the subject? On this occasion, this is actually her area of responsibility in the Council so she should comment? Are there more bulge classes on the way? Do we know if there is a need?
Sue Shanks was informed only 2 days ago, and is apparently dead against it. The officers are able to act alone on this issue, believe it or not. I am a parent, I am not speaking on behalf of the council. I only wish that the elected officials had their say in this case...
[quote][p][bold]Can this be[/bold] wrote: What does Councillor Sue Shanks have to say on the subject? On this occasion, this is actually her area of responsibility in the Council so she should comment? Are there more bulge classes on the way? Do we know if there is a need?[/p][/quote]Sue Shanks was informed only 2 days ago, and is apparently dead against it. The officers are able to act alone on this issue, believe it or not. I am a parent, I am not speaking on behalf of the council. I only wish that the elected officials had their say in this case... rizzz2002
  • Score: 1

3:51pm Sat 5 Apr 14

rizzz2002 says...

Apparently the council do not take into account the Goldsmid figures when forecasting pupil numbers, and use Brighton and Central Hove as their model despite advice to the contrary, consequently finding themselves in the same mess time and again.
Goldsmid is historically the hardest hit in terms of pupil/school ratio, and to compound, is surrounded by faith schools who have their own admissions criteria which excludes much of the local population unless they are regular church goers. There are currently new flats being built on Palmeira Avenue, and some sort of development about to begin down the road next to the synagogue. Are the council working this type of development into their model? You can bet they're not.
In 2009 we tried to get the Conservatives to see that at least 1 new school was needed so the money could be secured before the election, but they weren't interested. This has been a problem under every political administration in this city, don't think that getting the Greens out will change anything!
Apparently the council do not take into account the Goldsmid figures when forecasting pupil numbers, and use Brighton and Central Hove as their model despite advice to the contrary, consequently finding themselves in the same mess time and again. Goldsmid is historically the hardest hit in terms of pupil/school ratio, and to compound, is surrounded by faith schools who have their own admissions criteria which excludes much of the local population unless they are regular church goers. There are currently new flats being built on Palmeira Avenue, and some sort of development about to begin down the road next to the synagogue. Are the council working this type of development into their model? You can bet they're not. In 2009 we tried to get the Conservatives to see that at least 1 new school was needed so the money could be secured before the election, but they weren't interested. This has been a problem under every political administration in this city, don't think that getting the Greens out will change anything! rizzz2002
  • Score: 3

6:04pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Can this be says...

rizzz2002 wrote:
Can this be wrote:
What does Councillor Sue Shanks have to say on the subject? On this occasion, this is actually her area of responsibility in the Council so she should comment? Are there more bulge classes on the way? Do we know if there is a need?
Sue Shanks was informed only 2 days ago, and is apparently dead against it. The officers are able to act alone on this issue, believe it or not. I am a parent, I am not speaking on behalf of the council. I only wish that the elected officials had their say in this case...
Thank you for your comment - I am amazed. Why do we have 54 councillors? Does someone need to get a grip?
[quote][p][bold]rizzz2002[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Can this be[/bold] wrote: What does Councillor Sue Shanks have to say on the subject? On this occasion, this is actually her area of responsibility in the Council so she should comment? Are there more bulge classes on the way? Do we know if there is a need?[/p][/quote]Sue Shanks was informed only 2 days ago, and is apparently dead against it. The officers are able to act alone on this issue, believe it or not. I am a parent, I am not speaking on behalf of the council. I only wish that the elected officials had their say in this case...[/p][/quote]Thank you for your comment - I am amazed. Why do we have 54 councillors? Does someone need to get a grip? Can this be
  • Score: 2

9:33pm Sat 5 Apr 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

More schools have been needed for far too long. The poor excuse of lack of funds keeps being given which is a complete lie. If these useless people in power actually closed the tax loop holes there would be no debt in this country.

Businesses like Vodaphone, Boots, BHS, Top Shop, Starbucks etc refuse to pay tax using the loop holes, like giving a foreign address for their head office. David corrupt Cameron promised to close the tax loop holes on his televised debates but has done nothing of the sort so far.

We have to stop voting for these type of people - vote for a new party, one that does care. We need to have councils and government run by the same party so this ridiculous arguing stops and the refusal to do anything that helps the people who pay their wages.
More schools have been needed for far too long. The poor excuse of lack of funds keeps being given which is a complete lie. If these useless people in power actually closed the tax loop holes there would be no debt in this country. Businesses like Vodaphone, Boots, BHS, Top Shop, Starbucks etc refuse to pay tax using the loop holes, like giving a foreign address for their head office. David corrupt Cameron promised to close the tax loop holes on his televised debates but has done nothing of the sort so far. We have to stop voting for these type of people - vote for a new party, one that does care. We need to have councils and government run by the same party so this ridiculous arguing stops and the refusal to do anything that helps the people who pay their wages. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 1

4:14am Sun 6 Apr 14

whatevernext2013 says...

Herbertfarquarson wrote:
No good complaining when the country has become subject to mass immigration. This is what goes with it. Also the increase in teaching and catering resources to cater for the demands of the foreign incomers means a huge increase in costs and a worse education overall.
oh dear little britain has popped its head up ,if we british could get up of our lazy butts there would be no need for all them foreigners you moan about ,most of the staff in the nhs are imports to this country why ,because most british see jobs in cleaning catering and looking after the old and the sick beneath them ,if the foreigners were not here paying taxes this wonderful country of your would be on it knees
[quote][p][bold]Herbertfarquarson[/bold] wrote: No good complaining when the country has become subject to mass immigration. This is what goes with it. Also the increase in teaching and catering resources to cater for the demands of the foreign incomers means a huge increase in costs and a worse education overall.[/p][/quote]oh dear little britain has popped its head up ,if we british could get up of our lazy butts there would be no need for all them foreigners you moan about ,most of the staff in the nhs are imports to this country why ,because most british see jobs in cleaning catering and looking after the old and the sick beneath them ,if the foreigners were not here paying taxes this wonderful country of your would be on it knees whatevernext2013
  • Score: 0

7:07pm Sun 6 Apr 14

MikeyA says...

Eeee! When I were a lad, it were 46 to a class in junior school, outside toilets and British Bulldog for exercise. Kids today etc. etc.....
Eeee! When I were a lad, it were 46 to a class in junior school, outside toilets and British Bulldog for exercise. Kids today etc. etc..... MikeyA
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