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Musn't grumble,it could be worse the inept control freaks could still be in power.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/8260651/Labours-24m-super-school-to-close-after-two-years.html

Labour's £24m 'super school' to close after two years

A £24m super school is set to close less than two years after being opened to great fanfare by Labour.

By Graeme Paton, Education Editor 6:06PM GMT 14 Jan 2011

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Christ the King School in Merseyside will be shut because of falling pupil numbers, it emerged today.

Ed Balls, the former Education Secretary, officially opened the comprehensive in January 2009, with local council bosses claiming it was “more than just a school”.

Instead of traditional classrooms, pupils can freely move around any time of day by downloading lessons from a whiteboard and working in trendy "home base areas".

Rooms also have retractable walls and some teachers were renamed "progress leaders".

But in a huge embarrassment for Labour, it is feared that the closure may now leave taxpayers with a multi-million pound bill because of a 25 year contract signed between Knowsley Council and its private sector builders.

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But in a huge embarrassment for Labour, it is feared that the closure may now leave taxpayers with a multi-million pound bill because of a 25 year contract signed between Knowsley Council and its private sector builders.

Why will this be an embarrassment for labour? The contract may have been signed sealed and delivered on their watch, but they will feed off the subsequent cutbacks and blame the coalition.

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Musn't grumble,it could be worse the inept control freaks could still be in power.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/8260651/Labours-24m-super-school-to-close-after-two-years.html

Labour's £24m 'super school' to close after two years

A £24m super school is set to close less than two years after being opened to great fanfare by Labour.

By Graeme Paton, Education Editor 6:06PM GMT 14 Jan 2011

17 Comments

Christ the King School in Merseyside will be shut because of falling pupil numbers, it emerged today.

Ed Balls, the former Education Secretary, officially opened the comprehensive in January 2009, with local council bosses claiming it was “more than just a school”.

Instead of traditional classrooms, pupils can freely move around any time of day by downloading lessons from a whiteboard and working in trendy "home base areas".

Rooms also have retractable walls and some teachers were renamed "progress leaders".

But in a huge embarrassment for Labour, it is feared that the closure may now leave taxpayers with a multi-million pound bill because of a 25 year contract signed between Knowsley Council and its private sector builders.

Opened by Ed Balls!

It was DOOMED from the outset

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Politicians are always tinkering with education. The new lot will be no different!

It was always thus! :huh:

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Politicians are always tinkering with education. The new lot will be no different!

It was always thus! :huh:

Signs are the money wasted on vanity projects may be a lot less.

But I'm with you on lack of enthusiasm for much of what I hear of the current lot. Notably on higher education, where they inherited an impossible situation and appear to be following much-the-same twisted illogic through.

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Signs are the money wasted on vanity projects may be a lot less.

But I'm with you on lack of enthusiasm for much of what I hear of the current lot. Notably on higher education, where they inherited an impossible situation and appear to be following much-the-same twisted illogic through.

The Labour party know little about education. Their only interest is in social engineering.

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The Labour party know little about education. Their only interest is in social engineering.

If you delve into Politicians resumes you will more often than not find they have done at least 3 yrs illuminati/skull cross bones indoctrination in America.

CleGG, Balls, Cooper etc etc

Cooper is one of the most dangerous people in the UK!

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Clearly this project failed because not enough money was thrown at it. What did they expect for blowing a mere £24m on one school.

That is the only lesson can be learned from this.

Can I have a job as an education advisor now.

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But in a huge embarrassment for Labour, it is feared that the closure may now leave taxpayers with a multi-million pound bill because of a 25 year contract signed between Knowsley Council and its private sector builders.

The council is understood to be tied into paying £157m back over 25 years to a Balfour Beatty-led consortium.

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The council is understood to be tied into paying £157m back over 25 years to a Balfour Beatty-led consortium.

Fantastic news.

This is more like the waste I like to see.

It's like having a credit card for those with poor credit ratings.

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The council is understood to be tied into paying £157m back over 25 years to a Balfour Beatty-led consortium.

Yep...and what a rip off! Balfour are tied into loads of this BSF and PFI stuff...sooner or later something has got to give!

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The council is understood to be tied into paying £157m back over 25 years to a Balfour Beatty-led consortium.

PFI is just another means by which our crooked rulers found for transferring taxpayers money to our useless corporations while engaging in vanity political projects.

Just look upon this as a long term state subsidy to Balfour Beatty

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Yep...and what a rip off! Balfour are tied into loads of this BSF and PFI stuff...sooner or later something has got to give!

That needn't all be lost. There are many other things Balfour Beatty (and similar companies) could usefully do for their contracted money. It may be that contracts can't legally be cancelled, but if presented with unpalatable alternatives (like blacklisting, or a longwinded legal investigation of contract terms) I expect BBY would accept a renegotiation to do other work to something approaching the value of the contract but with a reasonable adjustment in their favour. In other words, the taxpayer salvages most of the value in the form of other works from the contractor.

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Apply to the office of Mr Milibrown. If you've got the balls for it.

He sounds so like Blair it's horrid.

How anyone can listen to him at all without being sick remains a mystery

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That needn't all be lost. There are many other things Balfour Beatty (and similar companies) could usefully do for their contracted money. It may be that contracts can't legally be cancelled, but if presented with unpalatable alternatives (like blacklisting, or a longwinded legal investigation of contract terms) I expect BBY would accept a renegotiation to do other work to something approaching the value of the contract but with a reasonable adjustment in their favour. In other words, the taxpayer salvages most of the value in the form of other works from the contractor.

They have a slight issue with that, in that the consortium is made up of Balfour and the banks...HSBC being one. I think the others are HBOS and RBS for other PFI stuff but all of those banks are exposed to this PFI and BSF stuff.

I'm sure that in the event of non payment or cancellation then the consortium has the legal right to take over the building and do what they like with it whilst taking the council to court and winning more money from the taxpayer.

It's win win win for the consortium and yet another huge loss for the taxpayer.

Do not think for one minute that the taxpayer can salvage anything from PFI or BSF! The taxpayer don't even own the building or the land...the deal is that they rent it for 25 years and then after that they negotiate another lease! But when the sums are added up it is apparent that 20 schools could have been built rather than paying £148 million for one school!

It's like having the same car on a permanent HP finance agreement...just who the frack would do it? And after you default, they get some other sucker to sign up and then take you to court for breach of contract! Again...just who in their right mind would enter such an agreement?

I suspect the outcome of all of this PFI stuff will be the nationalisation of all major UK based construction companies.

And lets not forget what Balfour Beatty did with Metronet!

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That needn't all be lost. There are many other things Balfour Beatty (and similar companies) could usefully do for their contracted money. It may be that contracts can't legally be cancelled, but if presented with unpalatable alternatives (like blacklisting, or a longwinded legal investigation of contract terms) I expect BBY would accept a renegotiation to do other work to something approaching the value of the contract but with a reasonable adjustment in their favour. In other words, the taxpayer salvages most of the value in the form of other works from the contractor.

The problem is that Balfour Beatty have already done the contracted work for their money. This is essentially buying a school building on HP. Yes, they can repossess it, but unlike a car or a train carriage, it isn't much use to anyone else without a lot of work to convert it.

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Instead of traditional classrooms, pupils can freely move around any time of day by downloading lessons from a whiteboard and working in trendy "home base areas".

Rooms also have retractable walls and some teachers were renamed "progress leaders".

Is there anywhere the groupthink addled marketing men havent infected?

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The BBC news page fails to mention

1) 'Christ the King Centre for Learning in Huyton opened in 2009 under the government's Building Schools For the Future scheme'

Not highlighted it was the Labour government who was responsible.

2) That it was paid for using the PFI, and won't be paid for for donkeys years.

3) Ed Balls opened it. He's probably trying to distance himself from this one and the BEEB is helping him.

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The BBC are a complete disgrace I'm afraid.

As for the Boy Wonder Milliband, isn't 'vowing not to gloat' actually gloating?

As for PFI, how can anyone possible criticise building new schools for the cheeeldren. Having a proper budget or living within ones means shouldn't even come into it. It's the governmental version of Tracey buying her two year old Kylie the latest designer outfit because she's worth it and has to have the best regardless of the cost.

PFI in its mass market form is and always will be poor value and a vehicle for skimming of the top and dodgy deals.

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He sounds so like Blair it's horrid.

How anyone can listen to him at all without being sick remains a mystery

blair was the master at snake-oil/estate agency/used car dealership.

milliband is just adolescent.

The milkybar kid can throw whatever bribery he likes at the electorate,but most of them still detest him(there is no way he would be able to face down a foreign statesman with a pair of nads like putin)

Balls is quite obvioulsly pompus and condescending...so he can't carry it of with even 10% of the applomb.

but it's always the quiet ones you have to watch out for,like blairs sleeper cells appointments in the lords that can sway voting patterns.

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