Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

Fresh hope to save Alderman Blaxill School

October 29, 2012 3:51 PM

There is fresh hope that Colchester's Alderman Blaxill School at Shrub End will continue to offer secondary education following an intervention in the House of Commons this afternoon by Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell.

School's Minister David Laws MP offered to meet Sir Bob who had asked "what financial support is available to allow secondary schools to retain surplus places to enable them to be used when increased numbers of children of primary school age and lower reach the age of 11."

Current plans by Essex County Council are to shut Alderman Blaxill School - but Sir Bob has pointed out that if this happens then in a few years time there will be a shortage of places. While there are currently insufficient children of secondary school age to support all the secondary schools in Colchester, it is known that the number of children at infant, primary and junior schools - and those yet to start school - will require extensive and costly extensions to schools if Alderman Blaxill is no longer available.

Liberal Democrat Sir Bob said that he hoped that at his meeting with Mr Laws they will be able to devise a financial formula to keep Alderman Blaxill "in the secondary school system" so that it will be available when the number of children of secondary school age picks up again in four or five years time.

What would you like to do next?

  • Subscribe for updates

    Read updates from this website in your desktop or online news reader

    • On a news reader website

      •  
      •  
      •  

      In a desktop news reader or a website not listed above

      •  
    • Example monthly digest email
      •  
      •  
      •  
    • If you submit your contact details, Sir Bob Russell, the Liberal Democrats, and their elected representatives may use the information you provide to contact you about issues you may find of interest. Some of the contacts may be automated. You can opt out of these contacts at any time by contacting us.


    • Generate different image

    Join our email list

    • If you submit your contact details, Sir Bob Russell, the Liberal Democrats, and their elected representatives may use the information you provide to contact you about issues you may find of interest. Some of the contacts may be automated. You can opt out of these contacts at any time by contacting us.


    • Generate different image

    Follow the party's activity on...

    • YouTube:
  • Share this page

    Share this page on another website

    Link to this page

    On websites and printed material:
    bobrussell.org.uk/en/article/2012/625819/fresh-hope-to-save-alderman-blaxill-school
    In text messages, Twitter, or reading over the phone:
    br.lib.dm/a9w7L

    Email this page to a friend


    • Generate different image
  • Help out or donate

    Help out in your local area

      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
    • If you submit your contact details, Sir Bob Russell, the Liberal Democrats, and their elected representatives may use the information you provide to contact you about issues you may find of interest. Some of the contacts may be automated. You can opt out of these contacts at any time by contacting us.


    • Generate different image
  • Tell us what you think

    Send us your views

    If you are a resident of the Colchester constituency and are writing to discuss any issue that Parliament or government is responsible for, you must provide your home address as MPs are generally only permitted to act on behalf of constituents.

    If you are not a constituent, you do not need to provide your address, but the matters we can deal with are more limited and you may wish to contact your local MP in the first instance.

    • If you agree, Sir Bob Russell, the Liberal Democrats, and their elected representatives may use the information you provide to contact you about issues you may find of interest. Some of the contacts may be automated. You can opt out of these contacts at any time by contacting us.


    • Generate different image