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'Whitby Could Lose Sixth Form Education' Says MP

Robert Goodwill

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 1:07pm 23rd July 2018. (Updated at 9:17am 24th July 2018)

Whitby's MP says the town could be at risk of losing sixth form education. 

Robert Goodwill's constituency of Whitby and Scarborough was highlighted as one of 12 'Opportunity Areas' in the country last year. 

Last week, Eskdale School celebrated two of years of staying as a separate school, after North Yorkshire County Council proposed an amalgamation with Caedmon College.

Eskdale was also marking its recent 'good' Ofsted report. 

But Robert says there are still some issues with education in the town:

"We actually have a shortage of children to fill the schools in Whitby and that's why I think it's so unfortunate that the schools haven't managed to get together. 

At the moment, none of the schools have a viable business model given the number of students. 

One of the concerns is, we've already seen A-Level subjects being lost at Caedmon College and if something isn't done to sort this out we could even lose sixth form at Whitby.

I think the schools do need to start talking to each other it's as simple as that because, as I say, we don't enough students.

It's not viable that children would come from Scarborough, Guisborough or Middlesbrough to be educated at Whitby. 

We do need to look holistically at secondary provision in Whitby to make sure, we don't have a situation that none of the schools are financially viable because they don't have enough children to make a go of it."


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