On 17 Mar 2016 at 7:44pm Save Our Sussex Schools wrote:
Come to the protest at County Hall in Lewes, 1.30 - 2.30pm next Monday.
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On 17 Mar 2016 at 7:57pm The Old Mayor wrote:
On 17 Mar 2016 at 8:10pm Save Our Sussex Schools wrote:
To help protest at the council's plan to close Pells School and Rodmell School.
On 17 Mar 2016 at 8:28pm Lewes Lady wrote:
Yes, let's keep all schools open until they have 3 children attending. Then we can expand them.
On 17 Mar 2016 at 8:36pm Save Our Sussex Schools wrote:
The problem is it won't end with Pells and Rodmell, St Pancras or one of the others will be next. Classes get bigger and bigger, education standards drop. Is that how you want our kids brought up?
On 17 Mar 2016 at 9:48pm Parent wrote:
Pells is closing because most local parents won't send their kids there. Maybe you should be protesting on the Landport estate rather than at county hall.
On 17 Mar 2016 at 10:16pm Pedant wrote:
Save Our Sussex Schools wrote: 'Classes get bigger and bigger, education standards drop. Is that how you want our kids brought up?'
When I went to primary school the classes were 40 kids, the teacher didn't have a degree, and there were no teacjing assistants. The school day was 9 to 415. Now, the classes are smaller, all the teachers have a degree, they are propped up by teaching assistants, and the day is a lot shorter. Is education really that much better now?
On 18 Mar 2016 at 6:11am Headmaster Bates wrote:
NO. Too little too late. Pells is dying. Let it go. All confidence has been lost and no amount of rebranding will restore it. This should have happened years ago.
On 18 Mar 2016 at 6:30am teacher wrote:
Pells started to fail when it moved everything to Landport. All the times it was by "the Pells" it was attended by children from many areas of town. When they condensed it into the Landport site people didn't want there children going there.
There are now only 88 children at the school. Why keep it open? You can lose 88 into the other schools easily enough.
Personally I think the council have realised how much housing they could get on that site.
On 18 Mar 2016 at 7:38am Queenie wrote:
This is also about Rodmell school. If both of these schools are closed the other schools in lewes will have to accommodate extra pupils both now and in the future. Rodmell is an excellent school. Surely the priority should be making pells one to, not closing it?
On 18 Mar 2016 at 7:56am Greaser wrote:
I went to the Pells School in the days when it was situated next to the Pells pond. We had a fantastic atmosphere in classes of 30+ kids, taught by strict but fair teachers, Mrs Hargreaves, the Miss Binghams, Mrs Chandler, Mrs Burgess, Mr Jackson & headmaster Mr Turner. I don't recall it being described as a poor performing school back then. In fact kids came from all over the town to attend, Landport, Malling, Neville, Wallands areas. My memories are of happy kids, so why or who made the decision to close that school and up sticks to Landport Rec and the cardboard box school building ? That's when things obviously took a turn for the worse. But to see it close, and lose the name 'Pells School' will be such a shame. I for one will be sad to see it gone.
On 18 Mar 2016 at 8:12am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I think it's madness to close a school when there's a big housing development in the pipeline.
Where will all the children who move to the Phoenix site go?
On 18 Mar 2016 at 8:58am teacher wrote:
Everywhere except Pells as any parent with an ounce of common sense will refuse to send their children there.
On 18 Mar 2016 at 9:46am huw wrote:
As far as I'm aware the council don't own the building so can't plan for anything on the site (I may be wrong but I think it's CoE property).
As ACT points out there is the potential of a new influx of children with the housing developments which will add pressure to existing schools. Why add further pressure by closing more schools?
On 18 Mar 2016 at 10:19am In the Know wrote:
The plan is to close those two schools and increase capacity at others by installing Portakabin/Prefabricated classrooms.
Makes sense as it will save a fortune.
On 18 Mar 2016 at 2:04pm notforthelikesofus wrote:
You can add your name to the petition against this move and the effect it will have not only on the villages but also the oversubscribed town schools as well.
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On 18 Mar 2016 at 2:49pm Southover mum. wrote:
We don't want prefabs.
On 18 Mar 2016 at 4:13pm old kingstonian wrote:
The "effect" has already happened. Kingston school is being expanded to cater for excess of 200 pupils (it was originally designed for less than 90!)
Because the pupils are coming from a wider area the village cannot cope with the increased traffic during pick up/drop off times and the parking is a nightmare. Speak to parents whose children have been there for a while and they will tell you that standards are dropping. The days of the traditional village school are numbered, and the community will suffer as a result.
On 18 Mar 2016 at 5:59pm Save Our Sussex Schools wrote:
Master Bates and the rest of the people coming out with negative points on here clearly have no idea of how over streched the town's schools are. This will cause a terrible effect on all schools in Lewes, why would you want that for our children?
Please look at the bigger picture here, and say no to this while we can. There is a massive backlash coming against local and national government over education and we can stop this.
On 18 Mar 2016 at 8:44pm Border Control wrote:
The state couldn't run British Airways, British Gas, British Rail, British Steel successfully, what makes them or us even consider they can run schools and educate our kids successfully ?
On 19 Mar 2016 at 8:31am Rookie wrote:
Good luck in your quest to save the schools. You have my full support. As an ex Pells boy myself I would hate to see the school disappear even if it's not the Pells I remember from Talbot Terrace.
Lastly, ignore the Trolls.
On 19 Mar 2016 at 11:32am Roly Mo wrote:
Lewes schools would not be overstretched if children only went to school in their catchment area. I know several Ringmer children who go to school at Southover and Malling. One family I know who live in Malling, could not get their son in at Malling, so he is now educated at St Pancras.
Re the Pells, if all the local people sent their kids their, it would not be closing. I have seen many hypocrites who have signed the petition but would not consider sending their children there.
On 19 Mar 2016 at 9:20pm Jester wrote:
@pendant - judging by the way you spelt teaching, that doesn't surprise