New school needed says Reading MP Rob Wilson

Related Stories

A new secondary school is needed in Reading to meet a growing demand and to solve possible catchment problems, one of the town's MPs says.

Wokingham Council is looking at changing admittance rules for the popular Maiden Erlegh school.

If the plans are approved it may mean some children from Reading will no longer be allowed to attend the school.

Rob Wilson, Conservative MP for Reading East, said a new free school or academy would help ease the situation.

He said a new school was also needed to solve the growing demand on school places along the border between the boroughs of Wokingham and Reading.

'Ideal opportunity'

Mr Wilson said: "We have a lot of children who aren't being offered places at their local school and that is just going to increase as we move forward into the future.

"Both Reading and Wokingham need to think really carefully about the provision of secondary school places for their own children.

"It just seems to me that there's this ideal opportunity, with Thames Valley University gradually leaving Reading.

"There's an almost ready made school on that site available to either the local authority or as a free school or a faith school - whatever it might be.

"So there's an opportunity there to try and use that as a school to be there for provision in the future."

Councillor Mark Ralph, lead councillor for education and children's services at Reading Borough Council, said the idea of creating a new school on a site owned by Thames Valley University was a good one.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Berkshire



17 °C 12 °C


  • Baby being handed overFraught world

    The legal confusion over UK surrogate births

  • Bad resultsBlame game

    The best excuses to use when exam results don't make the grade

  • Police respond to a shooting in Santa MonicaTrigger decision

    What really happens before a police officer fires his gun?

  • Child injured by what activists say were two air strikes in the north-eastern Damascus suburb of Douma (3 August 2014)'No-one cares'

    Hope fades for Syrians one year after chemical attack

  • Lady AlbaGoing Gaga Watch

    Social media's use ahead of the independence referendum

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.