- Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education
- United Kingdom
There are not enough school places for children living in the east of Reading in Reading Schools. Parents want to know that their children will be able to attend a good school within a reasonable distance of where they live.
It is hard not to be disappointed with the news that the Government has given the go ahead for a new secondary school in east Reading which will only take pupils from 14 upwards - and not from the age of 11 as parents hoped.
It should be stressed that any new education provision is a plus, and such schools will go a long way to equipping less academic youngsters with the technical skills to become assets on the increasingly tough job market.
But at an already confusing time in a young person's life it will be highly disconcerting to be moving schools after two years and just before GCSE courses begin, and schools face having their year nine stripped of pupils heading for a UCT.
We, the undersigned, call upon Michael Gove as Secretary of State for Education and the Department for Education to reconsider the decision to only fund a new technology based secondary school in east Reading.
We call upon Michael Gove and the DfE to invest in an 11 to 19 years comprehensive school which will offer a high quality, wide ranging curriculum to all young people in east Reading.
The A New Secondary School For East Reading petition to Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education was written by Tony and is in the category Education at GoPetition.