Save WEC

The Whitley Excellence Cluster is under threat.  Following the national Conservative-Lib Dem cuts the local coalition has decided to cease support for the Whitley Excellence Cluster from March.  This will remove £473,666 of direct funding from our local schools and more in support.  This is despite the petition signed by hundreds of people:
GoPetitionPlus off-line signatures of 612

This is very bad news for children and young people in South Reading. Please sign the petition and join the facebook group. We are looking for ways to support the work - please get in touch with your ideas.

Latest campaign news

  • Disappointing response from Tories, but campaign continues Despite the presentation of a petition signed by more than 700 parents and residents, Reading’s Conservative-led council has refused to support the work of the Whitley Excellence Cluster ...
    Posted 17 Feb 2011, 06:21 by Rachel Eden
  • Valentine's date for petition being presented! The petition calling for the council to save the work of the Whitley Excellence Cluster will go to the council’s cabinet on Monday 14th February.  Campaigners plan to ...
    Posted 9 Feb 2011, 05:33 by Rachel Eden
  • Pensioners, parents and politiceans unite behind campaign Messages of support have been coming in for the Whitley Excellence Cluster from all generations and parts of society:One Whitley pensioner who wanted to remain anonymous asked a neighbour ...
    Posted 7 Jan 2011, 07:17 by Rachel Eden
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Who is affected?

This affects you if you, your family, friends or neighbours have children at:

John Madejski Academy

Reading Girls School

Geoffrey Field Infant and Junior Schools
Whitley Park Infant and Junior Schools
George Palmer Primary School
New Christ Church CE VA Primary School
The Ridgeway Primary School
Christ The King RC Primary School
Blagdon Nursery and Children's Centre

Mr Claire, head of Geoffrey Field School has been quoted in the press saying "The extra funding has enabled us to make a real difference to achievement, life chances for children and support for families  Consequently it will be highly regrettable if funding to our schools is substantially reduced."

For more about what people are saying click here

What does WEC do?
There are two parts to the work.  Schools receive direct grants to use for their pupils in the most effective way. 

Secondly a central team provides support to parents, children and teachers

You can find out more about their work on their website

Or read the frequently asked questions