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BLS Headteacher On Anwyl Funding

16th February 2017 @ 6:06am – by Andrew Cliffe
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There have been numerous housing developments in our catchment in recent years. Even with a commitment, at planning, to supporting education, developers have been able to get out of this clause.

The route that has been followed in the past has been quite simple for the developer to follow. Brine Leas is full and has been for many years. However the proviso to support education (normally stipulated in a Section 101 agreement)can be bypassed whilst there are spaces at other local schools, in our case this has been Malbank School and Shavington School. Even if the developer does pay up the commitment, under a 101 agreement, is to support education, and it does not have to be the catchment school.

I have been Deputy Headteacher/ Headteacher since 2000 and during that period BLS has received nothing from any new build in the area. I do not know if this will apply to the development in Audlem but the reference to Brine Leas receiving additional funding is the first time that I have heard about it. On that basis I doubt that the school will receive any funds from the developer but would love to be wrong in this case.

Andrew Cliffe
Brine Leas School

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