Schools set for empty places in autumn term

First published in News Hereford Times: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy News Editor

PUPIL numbers look like falling at the majority of Herefordshire secondary schools.

Figures obtained by the Hereford Times show that the clear majority of the county’s schools have spare places available for the new year groups starting in September.

Aylestone High School has the most with 63 vacancies while there are 53 spare places at Earl Mortimer College in Leominster, 51 at Kingstone and 39 at the Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School.

The Hereford Academy has 38 vacancies, Whitecross has 37 and there are 21 at Lady Hawkins in Kington.

Queen Elizabeth Humanities College in Bromyard has 19 vacancies and there are six spare places at both John Kyrle in Ross-on-Wye and Weobley.

John Masefield High School in Ledbury and Wigmore High School are both full but the most popular schools with parents and children appear to be in Lugwardine and Peterchurch.

St Mary’s RC High School has a waiting list of six students while Fairfield High received nine more requests for places than it can offer.

Carla Preston, spokesman for Herefordshire Council, said vacancies have occurred because of a yearon- year fall in the number of pupils.

“We are now at the lowest ebb,” she said. “Next year the numbers will go up and there will be about 100 more pupils in the secondary school system.”

But the decrease in numbers has had at least had one positive impact – with 98.8 per cent of parents securing their first choice of school.

Sue Gaston, headteacher of Fairfield High School in Peterchurch, said she was pleased there was parental demand for places at her school.

“It shows that parents have confidence in the school and in the future of the school and that is very important,” she said.

“We are very lucky in Herefordshire in that all of the secondary schools are excellent. So no matter where you live you have got a good school near you.”

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9:28pm Mon 18 Mar 13

Biomech says...

I'm guessing this is because most of the younger generations are leaving Horrorford in droves?
I'm guessing this is because most of the younger generations are leaving Horrorford in droves? Biomech
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2:33am Wed 20 Mar 13

WYSIATI says...

Yeah Biomech - those kids, getting on there bikes to keep well clear of the whinging, complaining, disabled parking hordes - and who could blame them?

Or it could be we've got more school places than children.

So let's open a few new schools to make that problem worse.
Yeah Biomech - those kids, getting on there bikes to keep well clear of the whinging, complaining, disabled parking hordes - and who could blame them? Or it could be we've got more school places than children. So let's open a few new schools to make that problem worse. WYSIATI
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12:33pm Wed 20 Mar 13

Biomech says...

heh it was a genuine query. I feel that we have more people in the city, more families, I know the immigrant workers are starting families where they never used to, so everything indicates we'd have less spaces. Which is why I queried whether it was due to the younger generation leaving.

Funny story; I was swimming once, in the changing rooms afterwards there was this women with her son and his friend, very young of course. The two boys where discussing how the headmasters children were denied a place at their school in favour of the foreigners (this was about 5 years ago). I looked at the mum and she looked at me and we shared an eyebrow raising moment.
heh it was a genuine query. I feel that we have more people in the city, more families, I know the immigrant workers are starting families where they never used to, so everything indicates we'd have less spaces. Which is why I queried whether it was due to the younger generation leaving. Funny story; I was swimming once, in the changing rooms afterwards there was this women with her son and his friend, very young of course. The two boys where discussing how the headmasters children were denied a place at their school in favour of the foreigners (this was about 5 years ago). I looked at the mum and she looked at me and we shared an eyebrow raising moment. Biomech
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