Friday, 10 October 2008
SANDON IN THE FIRST DEGREE!
The news that Sandon High (pictured) is to become a trust school and is to offer an Adult Learning Provision is excellent news and at the same time it worries me. The Meir area of our city is crying out for a six form provision and an Adult Learning Centre. This is something that was talked about when we were told that Longton High is to close. Longton High is already home to one of the excellent City Learning Centre's. We as Longton Governors were told by The LA & SERCO that there were plans to build around the CLC to deliver further education and to encourage more young people to stay in education. It was also hoped that by providing this Centre Asian students from the area would be encouraged to enter 6th form.
It is a bold and innovative idea by Sandon to offer degree courses to adults who would normally choose not to go to University. Mrs Hall the head teacher should be congratulated for having the vision to turn her school into a Trust School which gives the governors more control of the school than the LA.
Mrs Hall has formed partnerships with the local colleges and universities and will offer places on the Sandon Governing Body to representatives of these establishments. This is very good news for the Meir area but a bit of a worry to us at Longton High. Does this mean that there is no longer plans to offer a 6th form and adult provision on the Longton site? Sandon will take over the running of Longton High from 2010 and for that reason some of the governors of the school have expressed a desire to go on the Sandon Governing Body, the feedback to this offer has been less than encouraging. Longton High pupils and staff need to feel that they are part of the plans at Sandon but as yet no one at Sandon has publicly acknowledged this merger. Is it not typical that again the parents in this area are the last to know about any changes to plans?
Sandon high is a great school and this idea underlines that fact but the parents and pupils still at Longton after 2010 need to feel that they are included are wanted by Mrs Hall and her staff. Let's see what the next few months will bring.
What do you think of the idea to let Adults learn alongside pupils within a school environment? Over to you........