Department for Education to consider new Croxley Green school proposals

Watford Observer: Left to right - Joanna Pullen, Dr Valentine, Stephen Thompson Left to right - Joanna Pullen, Dr Valentine, Stephen Thompson

Croxley Green is one step closer to getting a new secondary school.

The Department for Education will consider the proposals for a new school in Baldwins Lane after parents voiced their support for the scheme. 

St Clement Danes School, in Chorleywood, is leading the bid to deliver the new building by September 2016 and will submit a detailed application to the Department for Education in September.

Dr Josephine Valentine, headteacher at St Clement Danes School, announced the proposals in February and stressed that the application could only proceed if 90 parents from Year 3 and a further 90 from Year 4 pupils supported the plans.

Dr Valentine said: "We are thrilled by the support we have received from parents.  We needed 180 parents to complete a parental support survey saying they would send their child to the Croxley Green Secondary School. 

"So far, we have received more than 200 surveys and they continue to come in to our offices every day."

The school, which is planned to be built on a horses field in Baldwins Lane, will be six forms of entry, with an intake of 180 pupils.

St Clement Danes School was asked by Hertfordshire County Council to deliver and sponsor a new secondary school to address the predicted shortfall of school places from 2016 onwards. 

The Educational Funding Agency and the Department for Education will make a decision on the Croxley Green Secondary School early next year.

If the plans are agreed, the new school will be open to Year 7 students in September 2016.

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5:11pm Thu 15 May 14

Green Gal says...

Could someone please explain how a measley 200 signitures constitutes as enough support for a school to be built on the horse field in Baldwins Lane? What about the thousands of local residents who opposed the scheme during the consultation? Clearly this is being ignored.

And why were parents of primary schools in Northwood being asked to sign up? This was positioned as a local school for local people. Did St Clemant Danes realise that they would have to go farther afield to drum up interest and support for this school as the majority of Croxley Green residents are against this? Of course people in Northwood would support it- It will not affect them in the same ways it will local Croxley Green residents.
Could someone please explain how a measley 200 signitures constitutes as enough support for a school to be built on the horse field in Baldwins Lane? What about the thousands of local residents who opposed the scheme during the consultation? Clearly this is being ignored. And why were parents of primary schools in Northwood being asked to sign up? This was positioned as a local school for local people. Did St Clemant Danes realise that they would have to go farther afield to drum up interest and support for this school as the majority of Croxley Green residents are against this? Of course people in Northwood would support it- It will not affect them in the same ways it will local Croxley Green residents. Green Gal
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9:22pm Thu 15 May 14

croxley46 says...

This is absolutely crazy, laughable and insulting to the residents of Croxley.
Why another secondary school in Croxley when there are 2 close by in Westfield and Watford Boys Grammar, apart from Ricky School itself at the top of Scots Hill in Croxley? The choice of location is appalling - the field in question slopes considerably, it WAS on Green Belt land (!), and will cause absolute chaos traffic-wise, both before and after construction, work which will take place at the SAME time as the Croxley Rail Link development.
There were better sites to the west of Ricky, in the Mill End/Maple Cross area which have been totally ignored, unbelievably, since the closure of William Penn Secondary School some years ago for housing development.
I just do not understand local and county politicians, I despair of them and despise them for their total lack of consideration and common sense, and, perhaps I'm being naive here, but what the hell has it got to do with St Clement Dane's School in Chorleywood - why are they interfering and getting involved??
Perhaps someone could explain it to me, a disgusted Croxley resident for 60 years.
A di
This is absolutely crazy, laughable and insulting to the residents of Croxley. Why another secondary school in Croxley when there are 2 close by in Westfield and Watford Boys Grammar, apart from Ricky School itself at the top of Scots Hill in Croxley? The choice of location is appalling - the field in question slopes considerably, it WAS on Green Belt land (!), and will cause absolute chaos traffic-wise, both before and after construction, work which will take place at the SAME time as the Croxley Rail Link development. There were better sites to the west of Ricky, in the Mill End/Maple Cross area which have been totally ignored, unbelievably, since the closure of William Penn Secondary School some years ago for housing development. I just do not understand local and county politicians, I despair of them and despise them for their total lack of consideration and common sense, and, perhaps I'm being naive here, but what the hell has it got to do with St Clement Dane's School in Chorleywood - why are they interfering and getting involved?? Perhaps someone could explain it to me, a disgusted Croxley resident for 60 years. A di croxley46
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8:06am Fri 16 May 14

cgpc Rob says...

Too many residencies built, epecially bordering Croxley Green, depends on your situation, children grown up and not at school, live locally, against?

Children growing up, need local secondary school and school not on your doorstep, possible different opinion, Wanted?

Should there be density levels, once 12000 residents or 5500 residencies are in any one area, no more to be built for a period of 15 years, to judge impact on all services?
Too many residencies built, epecially bordering Croxley Green, depends on your situation, children grown up and not at school, live locally, against? Children growing up, need local secondary school and school not on your doorstep, possible different opinion, Wanted? Should there be density levels, once 12000 residents or 5500 residencies are in any one area, no more to be built for a period of 15 years, to judge impact on all services? cgpc Rob
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1:36pm Fri 16 May 14

Mad_Hat says...

cgpc Rob wrote:
Too many residencies built, epecially bordering Croxley Green, depends on your situation, children grown up and not at school, live locally, against?

Children growing up, need local secondary school and school not on your doorstep, possible different opinion, Wanted?

Should there be density levels, once 12000 residents or 5500 residencies are in any one area, no more to be built for a period of 15 years, to judge impact on all services?
^^^ This doesn't even make sense, Rob. Do you really work for the Parish Council?
[quote][p][bold]cgpc Rob[/bold] wrote: Too many residencies built, epecially bordering Croxley Green, depends on your situation, children grown up and not at school, live locally, against? Children growing up, need local secondary school and school not on your doorstep, possible different opinion, Wanted? Should there be density levels, once 12000 residents or 5500 residencies are in any one area, no more to be built for a period of 15 years, to judge impact on all services?[/p][/quote]^^^ This doesn't even make sense, Rob. Do you really work for the Parish Council? Mad_Hat
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4:58pm Fri 16 May 14

cgpc Rob says...

Mad_Hat wrote:
cgpc Rob wrote:
Too many residencies built, epecially bordering Croxley Green, depends on your situation, children grown up and not at school, live locally, against?

Children growing up, need local secondary school and school not on your doorstep, possible different opinion, Wanted?

Should there be density levels, once 12000 residents or 5500 residencies are in any one area, no more to be built for a period of 15 years, to judge impact on all services?
^^^ This doesn't even make sense, Rob. Do you really work for the Parish Council?
What doesn't make sense!
[quote][p][bold]Mad_Hat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cgpc Rob[/bold] wrote: Too many residencies built, epecially bordering Croxley Green, depends on your situation, children grown up and not at school, live locally, against? Children growing up, need local secondary school and school not on your doorstep, possible different opinion, Wanted? Should there be density levels, once 12000 residents or 5500 residencies are in any one area, no more to be built for a period of 15 years, to judge impact on all services?[/p][/quote]^^^ This doesn't even make sense, Rob. Do you really work for the Parish Council?[/p][/quote]What doesn't make sense! cgpc Rob
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