The idea was to improve social cohesion - a noble aim even if kids pay the price in worse education. Can't make a rainbow omelette without breaking a few lives, and all that.
So they've built all these shiny new integrated schools, which we will doubtless be paying for for years - they're PFI-funded. What's going to happen to the old ones ?
The former Burnley College building has been targeted to get a 1,500-pupil Muslim boarding school for girls.
A leading charity has announced it wants to take over the vacated college in Ormerod Road and it hopes to attract girls from all over Europe.
If it goes ahead it will be one of the few Muslim girls’ boarding schools in the country.
Hmm. Were I a Burnley native whose kids have been moved I'm not sure I'd be totally chuffed by this (a/c/t the comments the school will be Barelvi, rather than the more fundamentalist Deobandi). And the new schools are costing approximately £250m. The old college has apparently been sold for less than £2m. Was the building put on open sale, I wonder ? Doubtless time will reveal all.