This has been rumoured for a few years, but now it seems it is going to happen. In Deal where I live we have two secondary schools. Both have had a drop in intake over the last couple of years. The other school is an Academy, we are not. It seems that an obsene amount of money has been given to them to build a "super" school by 2014 on their site. Our school will close, over 70% of our teachers will be made redundant. This means the people of Deal will have no choice as to where to send their child unless they get a grammar school place out of the town. My immediate concern is that my three are in Yr 10, embarking on gcse`s. The two boys are doing a gcse in Maritime Studies, a new subject..........a new Maritime Studies Centre was only opened at the school 2 weeks ago by Princess Anne. I don`t suppose she was told at the time that it will be gone in less than a year? The transition begins next Sept, already moral is low and teachers are looking elsewhere, who can blame them? I am so worried as to how this disruption is going to affect my children just as they begin their gcse`s, teachers will flee the sinking ship, is it to be supply supply supply teachers? What can we the parents do?
Is there no consultation? Normally there would be meetings, a consultation and a chance for parents to have their say. What do other parents locally think? Are they setting up petitions and working through a counter-argument or is the merge supported?
I don't know the area so well but it seems very short sighted. Practically everywhere that has closed schools in recent years is now finding huge demand for places. The birth rate increase that is now hitting primaries will also hit the secondaries in a few years time.
I used to live in Deal. This is one of those CLASSIC short sighted decisions that KCC excels at. The population is dropping temporarily because Pfizer has downsized. Same as it did after the customs clearance business ended at the docks and it did after the mines shut and each time it bounced back in between.
There have been two meetings, one at our school on Weds the other at Castle on Thurs. The principal of Castle has already been made principal of Walmer! Of course our parents are against it, and I hear that approx 50-60% of parents from Castle are against it. The local people are against it, we have a lot of local support, but ....................we just know the deal is done and they are just going through the motions. I emailed our head last night but have had no reply as yet. They say the final decision is next March, so why are the teachers already leaving? TalkinPeace 2 did you live here a long time, might know you! Thank you for brining up Pfizer I had completely forgotten about that, of course we have lost lots of families.
intrigued with your MN name, we have something in common! I had a reply to my email to the head today, she said that several parents had asked for a meeting, no reason why not, and she offered us the school hall. She also said though that no SLT would attend and she was sure I`d understand, need to google it!