County Hall in £11m fight on Deanes money

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COUNTY Hall might be sitting on cash for the Deanes – but it has already handed out £4million to two schools nearby.

King John School in Shipwrights Drive, Thundersley, and the Appleton School in Croft Road, Benfleet, have been given £2million each.

The money was promised to the two academies last May so they could expand to take on extra pupils, if the Deanes School closed.

However, it would appear the money was handed over to them before Deanes had closed for good.

Sarah Raven, of the Save Deanes Action Group, said: “I have never been so furious. How can County Hall give taxpayers’ money to two academies and then not spend any money on the Deanes?

“We deserve the money and until the Deanes School obtains academy status the council is supposed to support our school.

“We have won the first battle and now we are ready for round two. It has left the school with so much repair work to do to fix up the building. It is absolutely disgusting the way it has operated.”

The decision by the schools adjudicator to keep Deanes open, means King John and Appleton will no longer be required to take an extra 30 pupils a year.

Essex County Council claims it gave the schools the money because if it had waited until the outcome of the Deanes School was decided, neither King John or Appleton would be ready in time to take on extra students.

Ray Gooding, county councillor responsible for education, said: “We have always acted professionally and in the best interests so that education in that area is properly provided. The adjudicator’s report clearly shows the processes we went through were correct.

“People will be saying we did not listen, but I would like to say we still have significant concerns about the future of the school and hope they will make a go of it.

“It is appropriate for us to now review the schools adjudicator’s decision and resume discussions with all schools involved regarding any building works.

“We must now consider the options to ensure the best educational outcomes for all children in the area.”

King John and Appleton schools were unavailable for comment.

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8:12am Sat 1 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

So without waiting until the Deanes closure was rubber stamped by the Government, the council plundered the Deanes funding on two other schools, now as Deanes has been deemed fit for purpose, the council come up with their little ace card, to avoid paying.
Isay sack the lot of these fraudsters, sell county hall, and invest in the Deanes school, as quite frankly, ECC have shown themselves to be, unfit for purpose, with scheming lies over this.
So without waiting until the Deanes closure was rubber stamped by the Government, the council plundered the Deanes funding on two other schools, now as Deanes has been deemed fit for purpose, the council come up with their little ace card, to avoid paying. Isay sack the lot of these fraudsters, sell county hall, and invest in the Deanes school, as quite frankly, ECC have shown themselves to be, unfit for purpose, with scheming lies over this. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 17

11:53am Sat 1 Mar 14

karaoke queen says...

As the Counties street lights are switched off saving, in truth, around 70.000 a year, ECC are giving away 4 million of tax payers money to two government funded Academies. Its time for the abolition of ECC. They have to go !
As the Counties street lights are switched off saving, in truth, around 70.000 a year, ECC are giving away 4 million of tax payers money to two government funded Academies. Its time for the abolition of ECC. They have to go ! karaoke queen
  • Score: 6

2:48pm Sat 1 Mar 14

John T Pharro says...

Simple, the money was given to King John and Appleton because they needed to expand IF Deanes closed. It isn't to close so they must give it back.
Simple, the money was given to King John and Appleton because they needed to expand IF Deanes closed. It isn't to close so they must give it back. John T Pharro
  • Score: 7

5:56pm Sat 1 Mar 14

saveDeanesschool says...

DISGUSTING AND DISGRACEFUL BEHAVIOUR.
DISGUSTING AND DISGRACEFUL BEHAVIOUR. saveDeanesschool
  • Score: 4

9:03pm Sat 1 Mar 14

saveDeanesschool says...

HOW ABOUT KING JOHN AND APPLETON GIVING THEIR 'GIFTS' BACK TO THE DEANES AS A GESTURE OF GOOD WILL?
WHAT WILL THE RELATIONSHIP BE LIKE BETWEEN SLT/TEACHERS/PUPILS/ GOVERNORS?....STRAIN
ED.
TO THINK ONE OF THE GOVERNORS OF THOSE SCHOOLS IS A REVEREND - HE SHOULD KNOW BETTER ABOUT MORALITY. ..
HOW ABOUT KING JOHN AND APPLETON GIVING THEIR 'GIFTS' BACK TO THE DEANES AS A GESTURE OF GOOD WILL? WHAT WILL THE RELATIONSHIP BE LIKE BETWEEN SLT/TEACHERS/PUPILS/ GOVERNORS?....STRAIN ED. TO THINK ONE OF THE GOVERNORS OF THOSE SCHOOLS IS A REVEREND - HE SHOULD KNOW BETTER ABOUT MORALITY. .. saveDeanesschool
  • Score: 4

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