Deanes school saved: Office of the School's Adjudicator rules in the school's favour

Echo: Celebrations! Headteacher Jan Atkinson with happy children at the Deanes School Celebrations! Headteacher Jan Atkinson with happy children at the Deanes School

VICTORY! The beloved Deanes School has finally been saved after Government officers ruled against Essex County Council’s plans to shut it down.

The future of the school in Daws Heath Road Thundersley is now finally secure after inspectors from the Office of School Adjudicator decreed it should remain open in an announcement yesterday.

Overjoyed head teacher Jan Atkinson made the announcement to a packed school assembly at around 12pm shouting “we won!” to more than 600 cheering students, tearful teachers and staff.

The news means the end to a gruelling nine-month campaign to spare it from the axe, which has seen numerous protests and public meetings as well as objections from around 7,000 parents and pupils as well as Castle Point, Basildon and Southend Councils.

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12:45pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Ian P says...

Well done Deanes. Let us hope that wipes the supercilious grin from Ray Gooding's face. Now he should do the right thing and resign immediately.
Well done Deanes. Let us hope that wipes the supercilious grin from Ray Gooding's face. Now he should do the right thing and resign immediately. Ian P

12:47pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Diannah says...

Fantastic news! Well done to all those who believed in the school and fought hard to save it.
Fantastic news! Well done to all those who believed in the school and fought hard to save it. Diannah

12:54pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Mattster says...

ECC, they dont like it up em!
ECC, they dont like it up em! Mattster

1:38pm Tue 25 Feb 14

saveDeanesschool says...

YES YES YES....WHO ARE WE?
WE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING EVERY DAY FOR THE LAST NINE MONTHS TO PROVE THAT ECC ARE CORRUPT.
THANK YOU ECHO FOR YOUR CONTINUOUS SUPPORT X
YES YES YES....WHO ARE WE? WE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING EVERY DAY FOR THE LAST NINE MONTHS TO PROVE THAT ECC ARE CORRUPT. THANK YOU ECHO FOR YOUR CONTINUOUS SUPPORT X saveDeanesschool

1:45pm Tue 25 Feb 14

supermadmax says...

I couldn't care less but I'm happy that so many people are happy. Well done!
I couldn't care less but I'm happy that so many people are happy. Well done! supermadmax

1:50pm Tue 25 Feb 14

saveDeanesschool says...

supermadmax wrote:
I couldn't care less but I'm happy that so many people are happy. Well done!
Thanks!
I know a few people that won't be happy ;)
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: I couldn't care less but I'm happy that so many people are happy. Well done![/p][/quote]Thanks! I know a few people that won't be happy ;) saveDeanesschool

4:14pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Miss Southchurch says...

I freely admit I don't know much of the detail regarding this, only that the campaign has been going on for some time. It just shows that people power can work against the 'powers that be' and that has to be really encouraging! Well done to those people involved in the campaign!
I freely admit I don't know much of the detail regarding this, only that the campaign has been going on for some time. It just shows that people power can work against the 'powers that be' and that has to be really encouraging! Well done to those people involved in the campaign! Miss Southchurch

4:18pm Tue 25 Feb 14

MilesBond says...

Wow! A triumph out of what seemed like a lost cause. Huge respect to Jan Atkinson aka Queen Boadicea!
Wow! A triumph out of what seemed like a lost cause. Huge respect to Jan Atkinson aka Queen Boadicea! MilesBond

4:29pm Tue 25 Feb 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Oh well there's plenty of other schools, bordering on closure, time to start looking at those.
Oh well there's plenty of other schools, bordering on closure, time to start looking at those. carnmountyouknowitmakessense

4:33pm Tue 25 Feb 14

John T Pharro says...

Well done and notice the lack of response from all the posters that said you had no chance. A few apologies due me thinks.
Well done and notice the lack of response from all the posters that said you had no chance. A few apologies due me thinks. John T Pharro

5:27pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Letmetryagain says...

Maybe because of all the plans for more housing in the area ?
Maybe because of all the plans for more housing in the area ? Letmetryagain

6:02pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Rachie says...

Letmetryagain wrote:
Maybe because of all the plans for more housing in the area ?
It was one of the earliest things brought up, but Cllr Gooding and his little crew decided that the numbers would be negligible and they stand by that.

Now it's time for the money that was allocated and 'kept aside' to be granted to the school for the rebuild, benefiting both Deanes AND Glenwood children.

Well done Deanes Army, you were brilliant :) xxx
[quote][p][bold]Letmetryagain[/bold] wrote: Maybe because of all the plans for more housing in the area ?[/p][/quote]It was one of the earliest things brought up, but Cllr Gooding and his little crew decided that the numbers would be negligible and they stand by that. Now it's time for the money that was allocated and 'kept aside' to be granted to the school for the rebuild, benefiting both Deanes AND Glenwood children. Well done Deanes Army, you were brilliant :) xxx Rachie

6:04pm Tue 25 Feb 14

abd123 says...

The education authority can appeal the adjudicators decision by way of judicial review so it may not be the final decision. There is contention about a late submission made by ECC over a £4m upgrade to another school.
The education authority can appeal the adjudicators decision by way of judicial review so it may not be the final decision. There is contention about a late submission made by ECC over a £4m upgrade to another school. abd123

6:10pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Cockle says...

ECC are typically bad losers though, just heard their statement that they still regard it as an unviable school and won't release any of the money promised for the, previously funded and agreed, rebuild. Wonder where they've spent the money? Bit of creative accounting somewhere.

Well done to all the campaigners for winning but I think this saga still has legs. Obviously without the money for the rebuild ECC are determined to let the school buildings deteriorate and thus drive away prospective parents and make dwindling numbers fulfil their prophecy. Academy status and a legal fight over the budgeted money to which the academy would be legally entitled to fund the rebuild looks to be on the horizon, I feel.
Councillor Gooding is obviously desperate to keep his hands on that £24m isn't he? I wonder where he wants it for?
ECC are typically bad losers though, just heard their statement that they still regard it as an unviable school and won't release any of the money promised for the, previously funded and agreed, rebuild. Wonder where they've spent the money? Bit of creative accounting somewhere. Well done to all the campaigners for winning but I think this saga still has legs. Obviously without the money for the rebuild ECC are determined to let the school buildings deteriorate and thus drive away prospective parents and make dwindling numbers fulfil their prophecy. Academy status and a legal fight over the budgeted money to which the academy would be legally entitled to fund the rebuild looks to be on the horizon, I feel. Councillor Gooding is obviously desperate to keep his hands on that £24m isn't he? I wonder where he wants it for? Cockle

6:42pm Tue 25 Feb 14

John T Pharro says...

Cockle wrote:
ECC are typically bad losers though, just heard their statement that they still regard it as an unviable school and won't release any of the money promised for the, previously funded and agreed, rebuild. Wonder where they've spent the money? Bit of creative accounting somewhere.

Well done to all the campaigners for winning but I think this saga still has legs. Obviously without the money for the rebuild ECC are determined to let the school buildings deteriorate and thus drive away prospective parents and make dwindling numbers fulfil their prophecy. Academy status and a legal fight over the budgeted money to which the academy would be legally entitled to fund the rebuild looks to be on the horizon, I feel.
Councillor Gooding is obviously desperate to keep his hands on that £24m isn't he? I wonder where he wants it for?
Not if Deane's application to become an Academy is accepted. That takes it out of County's hands automatically. Would have thought the Government's push to make schools Academies plus their acceptance to keep this school open weakens County's options.
[quote][p][bold]Cockle[/bold] wrote: ECC are typically bad losers though, just heard their statement that they still regard it as an unviable school and won't release any of the money promised for the, previously funded and agreed, rebuild. Wonder where they've spent the money? Bit of creative accounting somewhere. Well done to all the campaigners for winning but I think this saga still has legs. Obviously without the money for the rebuild ECC are determined to let the school buildings deteriorate and thus drive away prospective parents and make dwindling numbers fulfil their prophecy. Academy status and a legal fight over the budgeted money to which the academy would be legally entitled to fund the rebuild looks to be on the horizon, I feel. Councillor Gooding is obviously desperate to keep his hands on that £24m isn't he? I wonder where he wants it for?[/p][/quote]Not if Deane's application to become an Academy is accepted. That takes it out of County's hands automatically. Would have thought the Government's push to make schools Academies plus their acceptance to keep this school open weakens County's options. John T Pharro

6:44pm Tue 25 Feb 14

MrsHadleigh says...

Perhaps heads should roll now....
Perhaps heads should roll now.... MrsHadleigh

7:03pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Diannah says...

John T Pharro wrote:
Cockle wrote:
ECC are typically bad losers though, just heard their statement that they still regard it as an unviable school and won't release any of the money promised for the, previously funded and agreed, rebuild. Wonder where they've spent the money? Bit of creative accounting somewhere.

Well done to all the campaigners for winning but I think this saga still has legs. Obviously without the money for the rebuild ECC are determined to let the school buildings deteriorate and thus drive away prospective parents and make dwindling numbers fulfil their prophecy. Academy status and a legal fight over the budgeted money to which the academy would be legally entitled to fund the rebuild looks to be on the horizon, I feel.
Councillor Gooding is obviously desperate to keep his hands on that £24m isn't he? I wonder where he wants it for?
Not if Deane's application to become an Academy is accepted. That takes it out of County's hands automatically. Would have thought the Government's push to make schools Academies plus their acceptance to keep this school open weakens County's options.
Why were KG and Appleton offered £2m each by ECC if they are academies? Why aren't Deanes being offered any financial help even though they are (at present) not an academy?

Will KG and Appleton still receive the £2m each?
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cockle[/bold] wrote: ECC are typically bad losers though, just heard their statement that they still regard it as an unviable school and won't release any of the money promised for the, previously funded and agreed, rebuild. Wonder where they've spent the money? Bit of creative accounting somewhere. Well done to all the campaigners for winning but I think this saga still has legs. Obviously without the money for the rebuild ECC are determined to let the school buildings deteriorate and thus drive away prospective parents and make dwindling numbers fulfil their prophecy. Academy status and a legal fight over the budgeted money to which the academy would be legally entitled to fund the rebuild looks to be on the horizon, I feel. Councillor Gooding is obviously desperate to keep his hands on that £24m isn't he? I wonder where he wants it for?[/p][/quote]Not if Deane's application to become an Academy is accepted. That takes it out of County's hands automatically. Would have thought the Government's push to make schools Academies plus their acceptance to keep this school open weakens County's options.[/p][/quote]Why were KG and Appleton offered £2m each by ECC if they are academies? Why aren't Deanes being offered any financial help even though they are (at present) not an academy? Will KG and Appleton still receive the £2m each? Diannah

7:04pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Diannah says...

Diannah wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
Cockle wrote:
ECC are typically bad losers though, just heard their statement that they still regard it as an unviable school and won't release any of the money promised for the, previously funded and agreed, rebuild. Wonder where they've spent the money? Bit of creative accounting somewhere.

Well done to all the campaigners for winning but I think this saga still has legs. Obviously without the money for the rebuild ECC are determined to let the school buildings deteriorate and thus drive away prospective parents and make dwindling numbers fulfil their prophecy. Academy status and a legal fight over the budgeted money to which the academy would be legally entitled to fund the rebuild looks to be on the horizon, I feel.
Councillor Gooding is obviously desperate to keep his hands on that £24m isn't he? I wonder where he wants it for?
Not if Deane's application to become an Academy is accepted. That takes it out of County's hands automatically. Would have thought the Government's push to make schools Academies plus their acceptance to keep this school open weakens County's options.
Why were KG and Appleton offered £2m each by ECC if they are academies? Why aren't Deanes being offered any financial help even though they are (at present) not an academy?

Will KG and Appleton still receive the £2m each?
KJ not KG obviously !!
[quote][p][bold]Diannah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cockle[/bold] wrote: ECC are typically bad losers though, just heard their statement that they still regard it as an unviable school and won't release any of the money promised for the, previously funded and agreed, rebuild. Wonder where they've spent the money? Bit of creative accounting somewhere. Well done to all the campaigners for winning but I think this saga still has legs. Obviously without the money for the rebuild ECC are determined to let the school buildings deteriorate and thus drive away prospective parents and make dwindling numbers fulfil their prophecy. Academy status and a legal fight over the budgeted money to which the academy would be legally entitled to fund the rebuild looks to be on the horizon, I feel. Councillor Gooding is obviously desperate to keep his hands on that £24m isn't he? I wonder where he wants it for?[/p][/quote]Not if Deane's application to become an Academy is accepted. That takes it out of County's hands automatically. Would have thought the Government's push to make schools Academies plus their acceptance to keep this school open weakens County's options.[/p][/quote]Why were KG and Appleton offered £2m each by ECC if they are academies? Why aren't Deanes being offered any financial help even though they are (at present) not an academy? Will KG and Appleton still receive the £2m each?[/p][/quote]KJ not KG obviously !! Diannah

7:25pm Tue 25 Feb 14

zoecoops says...

People just don,t like the fact we was RIGHT all along read it and weep doubting toms ...... ow and do one ECC lol !
People just don,t like the fact we was RIGHT all along read it and weep doubting toms ...... ow and do one ECC lol ! zoecoops

7:39pm Tue 25 Feb 14

pierfan_43 says...

The headteacher and supporters have shown such dedication and passion for the education of children at the school - with that kind of support these students have a very bright future.
The headteacher and supporters have shown such dedication and passion for the education of children at the school - with that kind of support these students have a very bright future. pierfan_43

8:37pm Tue 25 Feb 14

saveDeanesschool says...

Diannah wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
Cockle wrote:
ECC are typically bad losers though, just heard their statement that they still regard it as an unviable school and won't release any of the money promised for the, previously funded and agreed, rebuild. Wonder where they've spent the money? Bit of creative accounting somewhere.

Well done to all the campaigners for winning but I think this saga still has legs. Obviously without the money for the rebuild ECC are determined to let the school buildings deteriorate and thus drive away prospective parents and make dwindling numbers fulfil their prophecy. Academy status and a legal fight over the budgeted money to which the academy would be legally entitled to fund the rebuild looks to be on the horizon, I feel.
Councillor Gooding is obviously desperate to keep his hands on that £24m isn't he? I wonder where he wants it for?
Not if Deane's application to become an Academy is accepted. That takes it out of County's hands automatically. Would have thought the Government's push to make schools Academies plus their acceptance to keep this school open weakens County's options.
Why were KG and Appleton offered £2m each by ECC if they are academies? Why aren't Deanes being offered any financial help even though they are (at present) not an academy?

Will KG and Appleton still receive the £2m each?
THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE MONEY ALREADY! !!!
[quote][p][bold]Diannah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cockle[/bold] wrote: ECC are typically bad losers though, just heard their statement that they still regard it as an unviable school and won't release any of the money promised for the, previously funded and agreed, rebuild. Wonder where they've spent the money? Bit of creative accounting somewhere. Well done to all the campaigners for winning but I think this saga still has legs. Obviously without the money for the rebuild ECC are determined to let the school buildings deteriorate and thus drive away prospective parents and make dwindling numbers fulfil their prophecy. Academy status and a legal fight over the budgeted money to which the academy would be legally entitled to fund the rebuild looks to be on the horizon, I feel. Councillor Gooding is obviously desperate to keep his hands on that £24m isn't he? I wonder where he wants it for?[/p][/quote]Not if Deane's application to become an Academy is accepted. That takes it out of County's hands automatically. Would have thought the Government's push to make schools Academies plus their acceptance to keep this school open weakens County's options.[/p][/quote]Why were KG and Appleton offered £2m each by ECC if they are academies? Why aren't Deanes being offered any financial help even though they are (at present) not an academy? Will KG and Appleton still receive the £2m each?[/p][/quote]THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE MONEY ALREADY! !!! saveDeanesschool

8:37pm Tue 25 Feb 14

saveDeanesschool says...

Diannah wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
Cockle wrote:
ECC are typically bad losers though, just heard their statement that they still regard it as an unviable school and won't release any of the money promised for the, previously funded and agreed, rebuild. Wonder where they've spent the money? Bit of creative accounting somewhere.

Well done to all the campaigners for winning but I think this saga still has legs. Obviously without the money for the rebuild ECC are determined to let the school buildings deteriorate and thus drive away prospective parents and make dwindling numbers fulfil their prophecy. Academy status and a legal fight over the budgeted money to which the academy would be legally entitled to fund the rebuild looks to be on the horizon, I feel.
Councillor Gooding is obviously desperate to keep his hands on that £24m isn't he? I wonder where he wants it for?
Not if Deane's application to become an Academy is accepted. That takes it out of County's hands automatically. Would have thought the Government's push to make schools Academies plus their acceptance to keep this school open weakens County's options.
Why were KG and Appleton offered £2m each by ECC if they are academies? Why aren't Deanes being offered any financial help even though they are (at present) not an academy?

Will KG and Appleton still receive the £2m each?
THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE MONEY ALREADY! !!!
[quote][p][bold]Diannah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cockle[/bold] wrote: ECC are typically bad losers though, just heard their statement that they still regard it as an unviable school and won't release any of the money promised for the, previously funded and agreed, rebuild. Wonder where they've spent the money? Bit of creative accounting somewhere. Well done to all the campaigners for winning but I think this saga still has legs. Obviously without the money for the rebuild ECC are determined to let the school buildings deteriorate and thus drive away prospective parents and make dwindling numbers fulfil their prophecy. Academy status and a legal fight over the budgeted money to which the academy would be legally entitled to fund the rebuild looks to be on the horizon, I feel. Councillor Gooding is obviously desperate to keep his hands on that £24m isn't he? I wonder where he wants it for?[/p][/quote]Not if Deane's application to become an Academy is accepted. That takes it out of County's hands automatically. Would have thought the Government's push to make schools Academies plus their acceptance to keep this school open weakens County's options.[/p][/quote]Why were KG and Appleton offered £2m each by ECC if they are academies? Why aren't Deanes being offered any financial help even though they are (at present) not an academy? Will KG and Appleton still receive the £2m each?[/p][/quote]THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE MONEY ALREADY! !!! saveDeanesschool

9:18pm Tue 25 Feb 14

andy:) says...

As a ex King John pupil, Deanes are my nemesis..:). But well done to all involved, those responsible at ECC should hang their heads in shame.

Heres the full report > http://www.education
.gov.uk/schoolsadjud
icator/decisions/dat
abase/a00232062/stp5
97tds for those interested.
As a ex King John pupil, Deanes are my nemesis..:). But well done to all involved, those responsible at ECC should hang their heads in shame. Heres the full report > http://www.education .gov.uk/schoolsadjud icator/decisions/dat abase/a00232062/stp5 97tds for those interested. andy:)

9:46pm Tue 25 Feb 14

andy:) says...

Diannah wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
Cockle wrote:
ECC are typically bad losers though, just heard their statement that they still regard it as an unviable school and won't release any of the money promised for the, previously funded and agreed, rebuild. Wonder where they've spent the money? Bit of creative accounting somewhere.

Well done to all the campaigners for winning but I think this saga still has legs. Obviously without the money for the rebuild ECC are determined to let the school buildings deteriorate and thus drive away prospective parents and make dwindling numbers fulfil their prophecy. Academy status and a legal fight over the budgeted money to which the academy would be legally entitled to fund the rebuild looks to be on the horizon, I feel.
Councillor Gooding is obviously desperate to keep his hands on that £24m isn't he? I wonder where he wants it for?
Not if Deane's application to become an Academy is accepted. That takes it out of County's hands automatically. Would have thought the Government's push to make schools Academies plus their acceptance to keep this school open weakens County's options.
Why were KG and Appleton offered £2m each by ECC if they are academies? Why aren't Deanes being offered any financial help even though they are (at present) not an academy?

Will KG and Appleton still receive the £2m each?
If you read the report you will see that Deanes were specifically asked NOT to apply for accademy status as some money for rebuilding was coming their way, but this money was suddenly not forthcoming and then about a week later they were told they were to close.
[quote][p][bold]Diannah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cockle[/bold] wrote: ECC are typically bad losers though, just heard their statement that they still regard it as an unviable school and won't release any of the money promised for the, previously funded and agreed, rebuild. Wonder where they've spent the money? Bit of creative accounting somewhere. Well done to all the campaigners for winning but I think this saga still has legs. Obviously without the money for the rebuild ECC are determined to let the school buildings deteriorate and thus drive away prospective parents and make dwindling numbers fulfil their prophecy. Academy status and a legal fight over the budgeted money to which the academy would be legally entitled to fund the rebuild looks to be on the horizon, I feel. Councillor Gooding is obviously desperate to keep his hands on that £24m isn't he? I wonder where he wants it for?[/p][/quote]Not if Deane's application to become an Academy is accepted. That takes it out of County's hands automatically. Would have thought the Government's push to make schools Academies plus their acceptance to keep this school open weakens County's options.[/p][/quote]Why were KG and Appleton offered £2m each by ECC if they are academies? Why aren't Deanes being offered any financial help even though they are (at present) not an academy? Will KG and Appleton still receive the £2m each?[/p][/quote]If you read the report you will see that Deanes were specifically asked NOT to apply for accademy status as some money for rebuilding was coming their way, but this money was suddenly not forthcoming and then about a week later they were told they were to close. andy:)

9:51pm Tue 25 Feb 14

andy:) says...

So to summarize the report says that pupil numbers may fall, but there are other schools that operate just fine with similar or less pupils.

The main issue is that ECC were working on the assumption that king john and appleton could easily accept many hundreds of extra pupils, but this hasnt been looked at much and nor has planning permission been sought, castle point have serious concerns about extending king john. Its very possible that deanes was shut and king john and appleton simply couldnt cope.

The consulation process and the way it was sprung on deanes with no real warning or chance to discuss also comes in for critisicm.
So to summarize the report says that pupil numbers may fall, but there are other schools that operate just fine with similar or less pupils. The main issue is that ECC were working on the assumption that king john and appleton could easily accept many hundreds of extra pupils, but this hasnt been looked at much and nor has planning permission been sought, castle point have serious concerns about extending king john. Its very possible that deanes was shut and king john and appleton simply couldnt cope. The consulation process and the way it was sprung on deanes with no real warning or chance to discuss also comes in for critisicm. andy:)

9:59pm Tue 25 Feb 14

karaoke queen says...

Nothing less that corruption and an abuse of power from ECC cabinet and its offices. They are a disgrace,and need to resign. Well done to the Deanes army for standing strong and never giving in. After the heat of the battle, victory is sweet indeed......and Cllr Gooding is a Knob !
Nothing less that corruption and an abuse of power from ECC cabinet and its offices. They are a disgrace,and need to resign. Well done to the Deanes army for standing strong and never giving in. After the heat of the battle, victory is sweet indeed......and Cllr Gooding is a Knob ! karaoke queen

10:24pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Diannah says...

andy:) wrote:
Diannah wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
Cockle wrote:
ECC are typically bad losers though, just heard their statement that they still regard it as an unviable school and won't release any of the money promised for the, previously funded and agreed, rebuild. Wonder where they've spent the money? Bit of creative accounting somewhere.

Well done to all the campaigners for winning but I think this saga still has legs. Obviously without the money for the rebuild ECC are determined to let the school buildings deteriorate and thus drive away prospective parents and make dwindling numbers fulfil their prophecy. Academy status and a legal fight over the budgeted money to which the academy would be legally entitled to fund the rebuild looks to be on the horizon, I feel.
Councillor Gooding is obviously desperate to keep his hands on that £24m isn't he? I wonder where he wants it for?
Not if Deane's application to become an Academy is accepted. That takes it out of County's hands automatically. Would have thought the Government's push to make schools Academies plus their acceptance to keep this school open weakens County's options.
Why were KG and Appleton offered £2m each by ECC if they are academies? Why aren't Deanes being offered any financial help even though they are (at present) not an academy?

Will KG and Appleton still receive the £2m each?
If you read the report you will see that Deanes were specifically asked NOT to apply for accademy status as some money for rebuilding was coming their way, but this money was suddenly not forthcoming and then about a week later they were told they were to close.
Thank you for the link. Interesting reading.
[quote][p][bold]andy:)[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Diannah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cockle[/bold] wrote: ECC are typically bad losers though, just heard their statement that they still regard it as an unviable school and won't release any of the money promised for the, previously funded and agreed, rebuild. Wonder where they've spent the money? Bit of creative accounting somewhere. Well done to all the campaigners for winning but I think this saga still has legs. Obviously without the money for the rebuild ECC are determined to let the school buildings deteriorate and thus drive away prospective parents and make dwindling numbers fulfil their prophecy. Academy status and a legal fight over the budgeted money to which the academy would be legally entitled to fund the rebuild looks to be on the horizon, I feel. Councillor Gooding is obviously desperate to keep his hands on that £24m isn't he? I wonder where he wants it for?[/p][/quote]Not if Deane's application to become an Academy is accepted. That takes it out of County's hands automatically. Would have thought the Government's push to make schools Academies plus their acceptance to keep this school open weakens County's options.[/p][/quote]Why were KG and Appleton offered £2m each by ECC if they are academies? Why aren't Deanes being offered any financial help even though they are (at present) not an academy? Will KG and Appleton still receive the £2m each?[/p][/quote]If you read the report you will see that Deanes were specifically asked NOT to apply for accademy status as some money for rebuilding was coming their way, but this money was suddenly not forthcoming and then about a week later they were told they were to close.[/p][/quote]Thank you for the link. Interesting reading. Diannah

10:53pm Tue 25 Feb 14

DeanofThunder says...

Cockle wrote:
ECC are typically bad losers though, just heard their statement that they still regard it as an unviable school and won't release any of the money promised for the, previously funded and agreed, rebuild. Wonder where they've spent the money? Bit of creative accounting somewhere.

Well done to all the campaigners for winning but I think this saga still has legs. Obviously without the money for the rebuild ECC are determined to let the school buildings deteriorate and thus drive away prospective parents and make dwindling numbers fulfil their prophecy. Academy status and a legal fight over the budgeted money to which the academy would be legally entitled to fund the rebuild looks to be on the horizon, I feel.
Councillor Gooding is obviously desperate to keep his hands on that £24m isn't he? I wonder where he wants it for?
Thanks Cockle, from 'Dean of Thunder', guess who?
[quote][p][bold]Cockle[/bold] wrote: ECC are typically bad losers though, just heard their statement that they still regard it as an unviable school and won't release any of the money promised for the, previously funded and agreed, rebuild. Wonder where they've spent the money? Bit of creative accounting somewhere. Well done to all the campaigners for winning but I think this saga still has legs. Obviously without the money for the rebuild ECC are determined to let the school buildings deteriorate and thus drive away prospective parents and make dwindling numbers fulfil their prophecy. Academy status and a legal fight over the budgeted money to which the academy would be legally entitled to fund the rebuild looks to be on the horizon, I feel. Councillor Gooding is obviously desperate to keep his hands on that £24m isn't he? I wonder where he wants it for?[/p][/quote]Thanks Cockle, from 'Dean of Thunder', guess who? DeanofThunder

11:02pm Tue 25 Feb 14

DeanofThunder says...

saveDeanesschool wrote:
Diannah wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
Cockle wrote:
ECC are typically bad losers though, just heard their statement that they still regard it as an unviable school and won't release any of the money promised for the, previously funded and agreed, rebuild. Wonder where they've spent the money? Bit of creative accounting somewhere.

Well done to all the campaigners for winning but I think this saga still has legs. Obviously without the money for the rebuild ECC are determined to let the school buildings deteriorate and thus drive away prospective parents and make dwindling numbers fulfil their prophecy. Academy status and a legal fight over the budgeted money to which the academy would be legally entitled to fund the rebuild looks to be on the horizon, I feel.
Councillor Gooding is obviously desperate to keep his hands on that £24m isn't he? I wonder where he wants it for?
Not if Deane's application to become an Academy is accepted. That takes it out of County's hands automatically. Would have thought the Government's push to make schools Academies plus their acceptance to keep this school open weakens County's options.
Why were KG and Appleton offered £2m each by ECC if they are academies? Why aren't Deanes being offered any financial help even though they are (at present) not an academy?

Will KG and Appleton still receive the £2m each?
THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE MONEY ALREADY! !!!
Whoever made that last comment about AppleJohn already having received the money, if this is fact please make it known to someone....eg Jacqueline Macmillan at the Echo. If its not fact then please dont mix it up Thanks
[quote][p][bold]saveDeanesschool[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Diannah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cockle[/bold] wrote: ECC are typically bad losers though, just heard their statement that they still regard it as an unviable school and won't release any of the money promised for the, previously funded and agreed, rebuild. Wonder where they've spent the money? Bit of creative accounting somewhere. Well done to all the campaigners for winning but I think this saga still has legs. Obviously without the money for the rebuild ECC are determined to let the school buildings deteriorate and thus drive away prospective parents and make dwindling numbers fulfil their prophecy. Academy status and a legal fight over the budgeted money to which the academy would be legally entitled to fund the rebuild looks to be on the horizon, I feel. Councillor Gooding is obviously desperate to keep his hands on that £24m isn't he? I wonder where he wants it for?[/p][/quote]Not if Deane's application to become an Academy is accepted. That takes it out of County's hands automatically. Would have thought the Government's push to make schools Academies plus their acceptance to keep this school open weakens County's options.[/p][/quote]Why were KG and Appleton offered £2m each by ECC if they are academies? Why aren't Deanes being offered any financial help even though they are (at present) not an academy? Will KG and Appleton still receive the £2m each?[/p][/quote]THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE MONEY ALREADY! !!![/p][/quote]Whoever made that last comment about AppleJohn already having received the money, if this is fact please make it known to someone....eg Jacqueline Macmillan at the Echo. If its not fact then please dont mix it up Thanks DeanofThunder

11:13pm Tue 25 Feb 14

saveDeanesschool says...

Yep...everyone aware now and press also. Given to the schools before the adjudicator's decision...tut tut...serious stuff now, it's not quite over...
Yep...everyone aware now and press also. Given to the schools before the adjudicator's decision...tut tut...serious stuff now, it's not quite over... saveDeanesschool

3:38pm Wed 26 Feb 14

John T Pharro says...

karaoke queen wrote:
Nothing less that corruption and an abuse of power from ECC cabinet and its offices. They are a disgrace,and need to resign. Well done to the Deanes army for standing strong and never giving in. After the heat of the battle, victory is sweet indeed......and Cllr Gooding is a Knob !
Which only a queen would appreciate?
[quote][p][bold]karaoke queen[/bold] wrote: Nothing less that corruption and an abuse of power from ECC cabinet and its offices. They are a disgrace,and need to resign. Well done to the Deanes army for standing strong and never giving in. After the heat of the battle, victory is sweet indeed......and Cllr Gooding is a Knob ![/p][/quote]Which only a queen would appreciate? John T Pharro

9:49pm Wed 26 Feb 14

saveDeanesschool says...

http://m.bbc.co.uk/n
ews/uk-england-essex
-26350871
http://m.bbc.co.uk/n ews/uk-england-essex -26350871 saveDeanesschool

12:38pm Thu 27 Feb 14

yellowfairy says...

Those idiotic pompous bullying , my decision is final you'll never win councillors, should do the right thing and resign. So good to see them put in their place. well done to all concerned.
Those idiotic pompous bullying , my decision is final you'll never win councillors, should do the right thing and resign. So good to see them put in their place. well done to all concerned. yellowfairy

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