Changes at Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School, Oswaldtwistle

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

The campus of an Oswaldtwistle school is set to be closed for longer than anticipated because of building works.

Last month it was announced that pupils from Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School would be relocated to Hameldon Community College from 17 June to the end of term.

This was to allow demolition work to take place on two buildings at the school.

However following a review it has been decided that in the best interest of pupils, students will not return to the Rhyddings campus until the building work has been completed.

Pupils will be taught at the Hameldon Community College site throughout the 2019/20 academic year.

Headteacher Andrew Williams said: "This decision has not been taken lightly, and has been made with the best interest of all pupils in mind.

"It has been decided that for health and safety reasons pupils should not return to the school until all the building work has been undertaken.

"After the demolition there will then be a rebuild of our specialist science accommodation, some general teaching areas, dining and kitchen facilities.

"As the building work will be taking place around the access road to the school, without a full closure of the site, we could not guarantee the safety of pupils.

"To minimise the disruption of changing campus partway through another school year, it has been decided that the Rhyddings school community will transfer for the whole of the next academic year."

Given the complexity of managing the rebuild of the school, relocation to a temporary site and driving forward improvements for pupils, an executive head teacher will join the school to support Mr Williams.

John Tarbox, is the head teacher of Bowland High in the Ribble Valley. Bowland High was judged to be outstanding in all areas when it was last inspected by Ofsted.

Edwina Grant OBE, Lancashire County Council's executive director for education and children's services, said: "Rebuilding part of a school to improve the facilities is a complex task. It is very onerous to be able to make all the necessary decisions, whilst also maintaining the standard of education for our pupils that we expect. Having two headteachers in place allows us to manage this situation so that neither the build nor the education of pupils is compromised.

"Allowing the pupils to remain at Hameldon Community College for longer is a practical solution. It gives them extra stability and they can also focus entirely on their education.

"The county council will continue to work closely and we will do all we can to help the school."


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