Category Archives: Coombe Wood School

Secondary is forced to move after delays to school building

Spending £30m on a new school was ‘crazy’ and a waste of money, according to a local MP. GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, reports Croydon’s newest part-selective secondary school is being forced to move all its staff, equipment and more … Continue reading

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Marathon gives £150,000 grant to new sports school for netball

Three schemes in Croydon have between them received nearly £200,000 in grants from the London Marathon’s charitable trust, it was announced today. The Socco Cheta Community Hub in South Norwood (£18,500) and Wheels For Wellbeing, which operates across several sites, … Continue reading

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Neighbours rally round to help in coronavirus emergency

As supermarkets decide to ration some products in their stores after panic-buying over the weekend, and the first Croydon school announces a partial closure, meanwhile hundreds of good neighbours have been mobilising to help others through the pandemic crisis, as … Continue reading

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Builders go with the (over)flow in rush to finish £30m school

Residents in South Croydon have had their road closed off and streams of muddy water flowing down their street, as the construction of Coombe Wood School has created another flood of complaints. GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, reports “I suppose … Continue reading

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Build delays will keep Coombe Wood in cabins for another year

Our education correspondent, GENE BRODIE, on the slow progress at Croydon’s new selective school South Croydon residents were shocked last week when street notices appeared, followed by letters through their doors, announcing an unexpected new planning application not only to … Continue reading

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Planning granted for school without transport safety scheme

Education correspondent GENE BRODIE on more broken promises from Croydon Council’s planning department Planning permission has been granted by Croydon Council for the permanent buildings for a 1,680-pupil school on re-designated Green Belt playing fields near Lloyd Park – but … Continue reading

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Coombe Wood blames ‘selfish’ parents for parking chaos

GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, on the predictable outcomes for residents in neighbouring streets after the opening Croydon’s first selective school for 40 years Coombe Wood School has not been open for a month yet, but shortcomings in its planning, … Continue reading

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Failing church secondary could re-open to new pupils in 2020

GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, on how the council and the church are planning to re-open a Waddon secondary school – once all its current pupils have left St Andrew’s High could re-open as a church secondary in 2020 – … Continue reading

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Travellers leave Coombe Wood – now the clean-up begins

The large group of travellers who had taken up residence on the playing fields at Coombe Wood were moved on yesterday. The familiar task of clearing up the mess left is expected to begin in earnest on Monday morning. It … Continue reading

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Travellers’ arrival at Coombe Wood could delay school opening

GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, on a possible set-back for Croydon’s £30million new selective school The arrival of a group of travellers, setting up camp on what was until recently Green Belt playing fields, could jeopardise the planned September opening … Continue reading

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Growing concern at staff exodus from Folio Trust primaries

Education correspondent GENE BRODIE on the sudden resignations of headteachers at two primaries which were recently academised The head of a local academy trust issued firm instructions to staff last week ordering them to answer no questions about the abrupt … Continue reading

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Road safety worries see plans for free school reassessed

GENE BRODIE reports on how residents’ concerns have forced developers to re-think their proposals a massive new selective school No sooner has planning permission been granted for a selective school to move on to what was, until recently, Green Belt … Continue reading

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Transport report for free school site rates it ‘poor’ to ‘worst’

Residents in South Croydon, living close to the site of the £30million free school which has been granted planning permission by Croydon Council, fear that the decision will make the 180 11-year-old first-year intake vulnerable to the high volume of … Continue reading

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Council approves £30m school – despite 5,000 surplus places

GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, provides lessons in arithmetic and reading comprehension for Croydon Council, after it cleared the way for the first selective state school in the borough for more than 40 years Croydon Council has removed Green Belt … Continue reading

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Labour backs plan to build selective school on Green Belt

KEN LEE reports on a planning application that would lead to Croydon getting its first grammar school since the 1970s A planning application is being considered by the council to develop a site in Croydon’s Green Belt, concrete over some … Continue reading

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£160m schools plan to be badgered over surplus places

In the thrall of property developers as usual, Croydon Council officials want to spend many millions of public money on building schools where there are not enough pupils. Education correspondent GENE BRODIE reports Croydon Council’s school-building strategy will come in … Continue reading

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Council to approve selective school build on playing fields

GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, on a scheme going to Monday’s cabinet meeting for approval for a 1,200-pupil free school to be built close to Lloyd Park Croydon Council is about to become a local planning authority which blocks the … Continue reading

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