Monday, July 17, 2017
Lancashire County Council has announced a proposed public consultation on the future of Hameldon Community College in Burnley.
If approved by the county council's cabinet at its meeting on 10 August, the consultation would begin on 11 September 2017 and run until 20 October 2017. Views would be sought from all interested parties.
County Councillor Susie Charles, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools, said: "Despite considerable efforts over many years to support Hameldon College, it has faced significant challenges. The number of pupils has reduced year on year, and there are now fewer than 300 pupils in a school built for 750. The school has also faced challenges in raising attainment, falling significantly below the required national minimum standards.
"Schools with falling rolls have reducing budgets which cause staffing problems, reduced subject options and ultimately lower pupil attainment.
"These circumstances mean that it is very difficult for Hameldon to provide pupils with the education they deserve, so we have to look closely at all of our options.
"We are committed to providing the best possible educational experience to all of our young people. If the proposal to consult is approved I would encourage everyone involved to let us have their views."
Mrs Alex Bird, chair of governors at Hameldon Community College, said: "It is important to understand that at this stage the proposal is to hold a consultation. If it does go ahead, it is a consultation, and not a decision. If the proposal becomes reality we hope that people will share their views with us on how we can provide the best education possible for young people in this area.”
If the proposal to consult is approved, full details of the proposal will be published, including information on how existing pupils would be provided with the best possible educational experience.
A series of consultation events will also be held.
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