they have to let them in
what i cannot understand is where a school will be situated that is convenient to pupils from both these schools? think about the areas they cover. it looks like the bus companies will be making a packet from it as kids will need to go further afield to get to school. what happened to local education - its all bollocks.
From Rock Ferry Nigh School website:
"7th October 2008
Wirral Review of Secondary School Places
Following recommendations in a government report, Mr. Howard Cooper, Director of Children’s Services, is to propose the opening of a new Academy, to serve Rock Ferry High School and Park High School students.
This proposal will be made to the Cabinet of Wirral Borough Council on 6th November 2008.
Under the proposal, the government is to invest £30 million in a new Super School, to be established on a new site conveniently located for both sets of pupils. This would be a huge investment in the future of our children.
Many people would be sorry to leave the Rock Ferry site, which has a long and distinguished History
of serving this community and its children well.
However, the new Super School would be second-to-none. It would offer the finest facilities available in the country and the best possible educational opportunities. This massive vote of confidence in our children is richly deserved and will transform education in the Birkenhead area.
Every child who already has, or takes up a place at Rock Ferry High School would have the automatic right to transfer to the new Super School when it opens, and would benefit from the wonderful opportunities on offer. Meanwhile, Rock Ferry High School and Park High School would continue to offer high quality education and care to all their pupils on the two sites for some years to come.
If this exciting proposal is adopted, both schools will be working closely to ensure that in due course, students can move to the new school smoothly, with teachers and staff who know them well.
Please rest assured that we will endeavour to keep you fully informed of future developments.
A proposal to open a new £30 million Academy to serve current and future Rock Ferry High School and Park High School students will be heard by Cabinet, following the recommendation of a Government report.
A site for the new Superschool, which would offer educational facilities to rival the top schools in the country, has yet to be decided but will be well placed for both sets of pupils.
The new Superschool will primarily serve communities in south and central Birkenhead. The Council is also committed to improving the quality of secondary school provision for pupils in north Birkenhead.
Wirral’s Cabinet will meet on November 6th to discuss the proposal, following which there will be a period of consultation with key stakeholders.
Park High Headteacher Steve McMahon, said: “This is the very best news for students and the wider community of Birkenhead, Wirral and beyond. Our school has a long and proud tradition and, in recent years, we have been increasingly successful. I see the Academy proposal as a fantastic reward for all our hard work and achievements and, through this move, Birkenhead would secure one of the very best schools in the country.
Peter Bennett, Headteacher of Rock Ferry High School, said: “Under these proposals, Rock Ferry High School pupils will continue to enjoy a first rate education. The size of the investment will offer incredible opportunities, both to pupils and to staff. Only the best is good enough for the pupils of Rock Ferry High School.
“The new Superschool would be second to none. It would offer the finest facilities available in the country and the best possible educational opportunities. I believe the proposal is richly deserved by our pupils and would transform education in Birkenhead.”
Frank Field MP for Birkenhead said: “It’s the most exciting proposal that has come Birkenhead’s way in my 30 years as MP. Future generations will condemn us rightly if we don’t grab these proposals with both hands and I’m pleased that the Council have already begun to develop them.”
Councillor Phil Davies, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Lifelong Learning, added: “The proposal is huge news for the area with £30 million of investment to give youngsters from Birkenhead the very best opportunities in the years ahead. We hope it will drive up aspirations, standards and achievement, setting the benchmark for what can be achieved in urban communities.”