Fury as School with Second-Highest Expulsion Rate in England Builds ‘Prison Block’ to House 12 Troublemaker Pupils

Mark Duell, Daily Mail (London), September 10, 2012

Furious parents and local councillors today blasted a school after it unveiled plans to build a ‘prison-style’ block for 12 of its most notorious troublemakers.

Tudor Grange Academy in Worcester, West Midlands – which has the second highest expulsion rate in England – has applied to convert a disused office block into an ‘alternative education’ facility.

In the first year the 720-pupil school was rebranded as an academy in 2009 to 2010, 15 students were permanently excluded.

The academy is planning to build a ‘detention wing’ two miles from the main site, next to a Job Centre – where troublemakers will be taught the core subjects under strict conditions.

Under the scheme, up to 12 pupils will be ‘rewarded’ for good behaviour with play time and be allowed to rejoin their classmates if they prove they are ‘rehabilitated’.

But some parents are not happy with the plans. One, who did not want to be named, said: ‘The school is basically intending to build a prison block for troublemakers. That’s the long and short of it.

‘Instead of expelling kids, they will be taught in a separate wing of the school where they will be treated like inmates.

‘The school says no formal plans have been made but I have heard it from several teachers that the troublemakers will be rewarded for good behaviour with playtime.

‘The phrase “rehabilitated” has also been used more than once which shows how the centre will be treated. It’s abhorrent that school children, maybe as young as 11, will be treated like criminals.’

In a planning application submitted to Worcester City Council, the school said students would benefit from ‘focused intervention appropriate to their learning and social needs’.

It was claimed this would make them less likely to be permanently excluded from the academy, as well as more employable later in life.

The planning application states the new premises will offer alternative education for pupils who have ‘struggled to access or engage with mainstream lessons’.

At least two onsite teaching staff will give students classes in mathematics, English, art, information technology, cooking and life skills in small groups.

Worcester City Council Labour councillor Alan Amos – who was the Conservative MP for Hexham in Northumberland between 1987 and 1992 – has raised concerns about the school’s plans.

He said: ‘The trouble with academies is most really want to select their intake and that’s not possible. They need to accept their fair share of students across the ability and behaviour range.

‘As a former teacher, I can quite accept that sometimes one disruptive pupil can be a real nuisance to the whole school and you have to give them the best chance of life.

‘But a school has to take the rough with the smooth and I’m concerned academies seem to take exceptional concern when they have pupils who need extra attention.’

Tudor Grange Academy has not yet commented on the plans.

Topics: ,

Share This

We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. If you log in with a social media account, your comment should appear immediately. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may comment as a guest, using a name and an e-mail address of convenience. Your comment will be moderated.
  • Puggg

    An internal mini-jail, teaching core subjects under strict disciplinary conditions.  How much do you wanna bet that this school is mostly or all black?

    Unlike high schools in American ghettos, where having an internal jail would be redundant because the whole school has prison-like security.

    • Commenter

       Extremely unlikely in Worcester. The town itself has a population of around 100,000 with the largest minority being Pakistanis at around 1200 in total (all ages). The school’s inspection report says the number of “ethnic minorities” is below average and cites the poor behaviour of a small minority of elder pupils as a problem in a small school with otherwise rising standards.

      I suspect either a small group of problem families or possibly a local Irish traveller site. This isn’t really an Amren story. Always be wary of the Daily Mail’s slipshod reporting.

  • Ulick

    White peoples tax money going to build maximum security schools for kids who the English never actually wanted in their country and who attack their white kids.  The English don’t know how great they’ve got it with their white privilege! 

  • loyalwhitebriton

    I think that there is more to this story. Tudor Grange Academy is an almost completely white scool http://www.tgaw.org.uk/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=3
    The school also has a good academic record; yet it has the second highest rate of pupil expulsion in England?
    There are schools in London, Birmingham, etc, which have a majority of pupils who are defined as “ethnic minorities”, and said schools basically operate as localised crime factories. Yet these schools have a lower expulsion rate than Tudor Grange?!
    I can’t help thinking that there is some serious double standards going on here, whereby there is a ‘blind eye’ turned to minority (‘diversity’) miscreants, but a far tougher approach is taken to British white kids; whose ‘crimes’ are probably pale compared to the actual crimes of our ‘oppressed’ minorities.   

    • Tom in Miami

      “The school also has a good academic record, yet it has the second highest rate of pupil expulsion in England?”

      I don’t see any cause for surprise that a school with a good academic record has a high rate of pupil expulsion.  Perhaps the school has a good academic record (and thus serves its students well) precisely because it has standards of behavior that it enforces by expelling students who break the rules, i.e. disrupt classes, and keep the serious students from learning.  It’s entirely consistent with the schools which “operate as localised crime factories” having a lower expulsion rate.

      If disruptive trouble makers are tolerated excellence in learning suffers.

  • JohnEngelman

    By the time a juvenile delinquent is kicked out of school for the last time his backside should be covered with scars and scabs. 

  • Solon had a law that stated that class-interuptors were to be condemned to death.
    Think it might work with those people ?