Changes going well for relocated pupils from Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Pupils from Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School who recently moved to Hameldon Community College in Burnley have settled in well, headteacher Andrew Williams has said.

The campus of Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School in Oswaldtwistle is currently closed because of building works.

In their best interest and safety, pupils are being taught at the Burnley college throughout the next academic year. Pupils relocated to the college on Monday, June 17 and the site is now exclusively used by them.

The move has been successful for both staff and pupils, who are enjoying the facilities offered at the college.

New pupils who will be starting in September were also recently welcomed to the college on a familiarisation day. Students spent the day at the campus, finding out more about the facilities and the opportunities available to them.

More than 150 parents and carers of new pupils to the school have also attended a successful parents evening to find out more about the new arrangements and facilities.

Headteacher Andrew Williams said: "The move has gone really well so far. We are all enjoying the new facilities, and pupils have settled in well.

"The new intake to the school had a great time on their induction day. Going to a different school can be an anxious time but apprehensions quickly disappeared as new friendships were made. The exciting lessons that we had planned specially for them were really successful as well.

"Many parents and carers also told us how positive their children were about the induction day at the parents evening. We want to work closely with our parents and carers to build a strong, long-lasting partnership and assure them of the opportunities to learn their children have in these great facilities.

"We couldn't be more pleased with how positive everything has been so far and we really look forward to welcoming the new pupils to the school."

Andrew Williams is responsible for managing the complex rebuild of the school, relocation to the temporary former Hameldon site and driving forward improvements for pupils.

Executive headteacher, John Tarbox, has joined the school to support Mr Williams, and is responsible for its day-to-day running.

County Councillor Phillippa Williamson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: "This was a difficult decision to take, and one that we didn't take lightly, but the building work at Rhyddings is absolutely necessary.

"Educating pupils at Hameldon Community College is a really practical solution as it gives them extra stability and allows them to also focus entirely on their education. I'm so pleased that it is working well and that everyone is positive about the relocation.

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


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