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TRANSFORMATION OR DECIMATION OF BRADFORD SCHOOLS

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A feature in The Observer (p10) explained why Bradford is a city of banners all screaming 'Save Our School'. Eighty...
A feature in The Observer (p10) explained why Bradford is a city of banners all screaming 'Save Our School'. Eighty-one schools face the axe as the city council prepares what it calls a 'transformation' and its critics a 'decimation'.

There are no anglican or islamic secondary schools in the city. Soon there will be two church of England schools and one muslim. Several state primaries are to be merged with CoE schools, a transformation which will replace the present three-tier system of first, middle and secondary with the traditional primary/secondary split. If it goes ahead the CoE, which admits its congragtions are declining, will increase its number of primary places from 6,000 to 7,500 in addition to its two new secondary schools. About 15% of schooling in a distinctly non-Anglican city will come under church control.

The transformation will cost about£150m, to be paid by a combination of council, church and Whitehall. Voluntary-aided church schools contribute 15% of costs and control staff appointments and the religious education syllabus. Several heads and their deputies fear dismissal because they are non-believers.
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