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Whitby Secondary Schools Agree to Federate

Whitby Secondary Schools Agree to Federate

Published by Jon Burke at 4:37pm 8th February 2019. (Updated at 8:18am 10th February 2019)

Whitby’s two secondary schools, Eskdale School and Caedmon College have agreed to federate, after an overwhelmingly positive response from the recent consultation with staff, families and key community stakeholders.

Both governing bodies are unanimous in their belief that close collaborative working will enable the schools to move forward to create the best possible secondary education for the young people of Whitby and an exciting shared sixth form provision.

The partnership will maintain two separate 11-16 schools on the Eskdale and Normanby sites, each with its own headteacher, staff, buildings and budgets.  But the federation will provide wider opportunities for young people both within their studies and in extra-curricular initiatives, helping to raise standards overall. 

Together, the schools will be able to build on their existing individual strengths and cultures, sharing effective practice to improve the learning experiences and outcomes for the area’s young people.

North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Education and Skills, Cllr Patrick Mulligan, said:

“This is a great step forward for Whitby. We are very happy that the two schools have come together in the best interests of young people in the town and surrounding areas. By collaborating in this way the schools are ensuring a sustainable and exciting future for education in Whitby and the highest standards of teaching and learning.”

Federation will enable the development of shared post-16 education on the Scoresby site, improving opportunities for young people in the area to progress to higher education or to progress in their chosen careers.  Current students are actively involved in shaping the building, facilities and ethos of their new sixth form centre as well as the range of academic and vocational opportunities available to them. 

The move has strong backing from key stakeholders in the area, including Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby, and Sir Martin Narey, Chair of the North Yorkshire Coast Opportunity Area established by Government to raise aspirations among young people on the coast.  Opportunity Area funding will contribute to a major redevelopment of Whitby’s sixth form provision on its move to the Scoresby site.

Sir Martin said: 

“I’m very pleased at the progress we are making to improve social mobility prospects for children and young people on the North Yorkshire Coast.  But nothing has been more important than ensuring that Whitby has a top class sixth form.  I am delighted by the outstanding cooperation between Eskdale’s and Caedmon’s governing bodies and heads, working to bring the two schools together in this way.

To ensure the new sixth form is able to match the ambitions of both schools for their students, I’m delighted that the Opportunity Area budget will be used to contribute to a major redevelopment of the new sixth form.”

 

Carolyn Watkinson, Eskdale’s chair of governors, sees the federation as an important step in embedding partnership working. 

She said: 

“The two governing bodies, with our headteachers, Andy Fyfe (Eskdale) and Simon Riley (Caedmon) have been working together for some time and we are already seeing the benefits that collaborative working can bring.  The consolidation of our partnership by bringing the governors into a single Federation Board is a natural progression.  Together we can draw on a greater pool of ideas, experiences and expertise to drive forward and create exciting prospects for all the young people in the Whitby area.”

 

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