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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:43 pm 
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The Governors have decided to apply and Barnet Council have confirmed their support.

Barnet Council asked HBS to expand a couple of years ago, HBS confirmed their interest and it was approved by the council but was put on hold for political reasons.

The deadline for consultation is July 17th and HBS will hold an open meeting for parents in July, date/time to be confirmed. DG


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:01 pm 
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Can you explain why they are asking for funding? More students automatically mean more cash - this is why most GS have expanded.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:15 pm 
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Guest55 wrote:
Can you explain why they are asking for funding? More students automatically mean more cash - this is why most GS have expanded.


Building work to accommodate the extra form groups?

What are they actually talking about in terms of numbers? Presumably they already have a good number of general classrooms able to accommodate more than 30, since they seem to have gone from three forms of 32 per year to four of 25(?26) in the recent past.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:39 am 
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Aside from the proposed increase in numbers, the HBS consultation proposes a tighter oversubscription criteria, wider access for girls from less privileged backgrounds and a preference for girls from Barnet.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:09 am 
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They are planning to increase from 100 per year (although I think it is actually 104 - 4 forms of 26 each) to 150 - 5 forms of 30.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:41 am 
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Middlesexmum wrote:
They are planning to increase from 100 per year (although I think it is actually 104 - 4 forms of 26 each) to 150 - 5 forms of 30.


And it also looks like they are moving towards a catchment criteria alongside an expanded preferential criteria for pupil premium recipients.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:11 pm 
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Sounds like great news.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:38 pm 
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Looking on this forum, it would seem there are numerous GSs that are bidding for finding to expand. My DDs GS are also putting a bid in.

There is a finite amount of funding for GS expansion available so I’d guess not every GS that puts in a bid will be successful.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:51 pm 
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Given the massive squeeze on school budgets from central government and the appalling financial position this is leaving many schools in, lots of oversubscribed schools are seeking to expand because they are guaranteed extra money that way. This is why grammar schools can get away with this in ways which less popular schools can't - it is almost certainly not related to the GS expansion programme, just the per capita funding. It is nothing to do with services to the community, blah blah, and everything to do with the cash. Look on the regional forums - almost every area is seeing this kind of thing. The losers will be less prestigious schools who can't rely on the extra applicants.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:52 pm 
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It s wrong to give money for this - they will get extra funding when the students arrive.


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