‘Positive’ talks on site swap for GCSE pupils

The University Academy Holbeach's Crowland site.
The University Academy Holbeach's Crowland site.
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TALKS over the future of GCSE students at University Academy Holbeach’s Crowland site have been positive, according to the school.

Parents and teachers came face-to-face to discuss issues last week after it was revealed the current Year 10 classes will have to move over to the Holbeach site to sit their exams from September and not stay in Crowland as originally intended.

It sparked anger among pupils, who spent an entire day protesting in their school playground.

The meeting on Wednesday night brought together about 40 families with teachers and staff from Lincolnshire County Council.

Principal Steve Baragwanath said: “We invited all families of students affected to come to the meeting and just under half took the opportunity to hear more details about the plans and ask any questions they had.

“Our top priority is making sure all our pupils have the chance to achieve the best they can academically.

“We had originally planned to accommodate Year 10 students for another year at Crowland, but having reviewed the situation as it is now, we believe the best way to support and improve their current academic progress is to move them to Holbeach as soon as possible.

“The transfer will mean we will be able to guarantee staffing stability for the pupils in their crucial final year.”

He says the academy is now looking at ways to meet requests from parents to move students to Holbeach even sooner.

Mr Baragwanath said more than half of the Year 10 pupils from Crowland are currently taught at Holbeach each week.

Free transport with paid adult bus supervisors will be provided for the move, and extra transport will be put on for pupils wishing to take part in after school activities.

Parents of pupils at the Crowland site have been invited to visit the Holbeach campus during a school day and a meeting is also being planned in the near future for parents with children in the affected year groups based at the Holbeach campus.