Clacton can speak out on Colbayns High and Bishops Park merger plan

Bishops Park executive head Nick Pavitt

Bishops Park executive head Nick Pavitt

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PARENTS and pupils are to be given a say on plans to merge two Clacton secondary schools into an academy.

The plans would see Bishops Park College and Colbayns High School merge in September, under the management of the Academies Enterprise Trust.

Public views on the merger are being sought from Monday, under a fortnight-long consultation process.

Education officials hope the plan will raise standards at both schools – Bishops Park was judged to be failing and put into special measures in October 2007.

Nick Pavitt, the schools’ joint headteacher, said: “Both are making strong improvement and have thoroughly enjoyed working together for the benefit of the students.

“The new academy will give us a huge boost and should ensure the raised standards and improvements are secured for the future.”

The proposals are backed by the county council. After the consultation, the plan will go to the Department for Children, Schools and Families and if approved, will come into force on September 1.

Essex County Council leader Lord Hanningfield said the benefits of the academies approach were already evident in Hockley and Witham, where similar plans have been implemented.

He added: “I am confident if these proposals go ahead, we will be delivering the very best secondary education possible to the young people of West Clacton.”

Public consultation evenings for parents will be held at Bishops Park College on Monday, and at Colbayns High School on Tuesday, in each case from 7.30pm onwards.

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9:41pm Thu 12 Mar 09

Baba Yaga says...

Parents in Clacton should take note of what happened in Colchester, frasnkly the public consultation was a farce. Lord Hanningfield didn't listen to what parents wanted he had already made up his mind. Lord Hanningfield is consistent he pays lip service to the process he claims to invest in. Thesres no pointot the public consultation his mind's already made up...
Parents in Clacton should take note of what happened in Colchester, frasnkly the public consultation was a farce. Lord Hanningfield didn't listen to what parents wanted he had already made up his mind. Lord Hanningfield is consistent he pays lip service to the process he claims to invest in. Thesres no pointot the public consultation his mind's already made up... Baba Yaga
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1:46am Fri 13 Mar 09

Boris says...

Baba Yaga, you are right. And Paul White, alias Lord Hanningfield, has been exposed as standing to gain personally from the setting up of academy schools in Essex.
Good people of Clacton, oppose this scheme, but don't expect to win.
Baba Yaga, you are right. And Paul White, alias Lord Hanningfield, has been exposed as standing to gain personally from the setting up of academy schools in Essex. Good people of Clacton, oppose this scheme, but don't expect to win. Boris
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11:54am Fri 13 Mar 09

Poacher says...

Though I agree that consultation is a waste of time as this is a done deal, whether to merge is not quite that black and white I'm afraid.

Bishops Park is a newish facility but is earmarked to close due to falling pupil numbers, whereas Colbayns currently occupies older but in need of updating buildings.

Seems logical to merge the two with the view of relocating to Bishops Park. All that will mean in effect is that the situation that existed a few years ago with just Colbayns and the County High will have been reestablished.

A rumour has it that ultimately one of the two sites will eventually house a dedicated sixth form college for all the schools in the town..............th
at or be sold on for housing!
Though I agree that consultation is a waste of time as this is a done deal, whether to merge is not quite that black and white I'm afraid. Bishops Park is a newish facility but is earmarked to close due to falling pupil numbers, whereas Colbayns currently occupies older but in need of updating buildings. Seems logical to merge the two with the view of relocating to Bishops Park. All that will mean in effect is that the situation that existed a few years ago with just Colbayns and the County High will have been reestablished. A rumour has it that ultimately one of the two sites will eventually house a dedicated sixth form college for all the schools in the town..............th at or be sold on for housing! Poacher
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