Con­sul­ta­tion be­gins into plans to cre­ate fed­er­a­tion for two schools

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

A CON­SUL­TA­TION has been launched over the fed­er­a­tion of Whitby’s two sec­ondary schools, which would re­sult in a sin­gle govern­ing body over­see­ing two sets of staff, build­ings and bud­gets.

The con­sul­ta­tion, launched last night, will run un­til the start of Fe­bru­ary and gover­nors ar­gue this is the best op­tion to cre­ate new sixth-form pro­vi­sion for young peo­ple in the area.

The fed­er­a­tion, which would be called ‘The Whitby Sec­ondary Part­ner­ship’, would see Eskdale School and Caed­mon Col­lege Whitby fed­er­ate – but au­thor­i­ties have stressed that it would main­tain two sep­a­rate sites for sec­ondary schools.

A new Whitby sixth-form cen­tre, though, would be cre­ated on the Scoresby site from Septem­ber 2019.

“This is good for the stu­dents and good for the town,” said Gil­lian Teanby, Eskdale’s chair of gover­nors. “We are fo­cused on con­tin­u­ing to im­prove the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion and this is a big step for­ward.”

Pen Cruz, Caed­mon’s chair of gover­nors, added: “Through fed­er­a­tion we can work to­gether to en­rich and strengthen ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for all stu­dents and de­velop a co­he­sive strat­egy for the fu­ture of sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion in Whitby.”

The move has been backed by Sir Martin Narey, chair­man of the North York­shire Coast Op­por­tu­nity Area which was es­tab­lished by the Gov­ern­ment to raise as­pi­ra­tions among young peo­ple on the coast.

It has also re­ceived sup­port from Scar­bor­ough and Whitby MP Robert Good­will.

Op­por­tu­nity Area fund­ing would be put for­ward, partners add, for a ma­jor re­de­vel­op­ment of Whitby sixth form pro­vi­sion.

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