Eskdale School moves a step closer to closure

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The county council is moving forward with plans to close Eskdale School it has been decided today (Tuesday).

That will start next week with three possible outcomes

• Proceed with the next stage of consultation on the proposal as it stands

• Amend the proposal in the light of consultation

• Take no further action

The results of the consultation will be put before a meeting on April 26. Should it be decided to go ahead with what is already on the table then a final call will be made on June 14 and the enlarged Caedmon will start its first term in September of this year.

For the first year education will be split across the sites of Eskdale, Caedmon and the former community college.

In coming to his decision today Cllr Barker said: “I am well aware of the great interest and concern about this shown by a large number of people in the Whitby area.

“It is entirely understandable that people feel passionately about their children’s education. I have taken note of the many representations that have been made to me and have given all aspects of this careful consideration.

“It’s important for children now, and in the future, that we look seriously at the challenges secondary education faces in the Whitby area. I remain concerned about how to ensure that secondary education in the Whitby area is of the highest quality, including a good and viable post 16 offer.

“We need to enable young people in Whitby to stay in the area as they prepare for higher education or employment. This means that in a world where school resources are reducing, it is important to look at how schools can make the best use of their resources to retain and attract good teachers.

“I want to examine whether this proposal would enable these important things to be achieved.

“The process that has been started will take several months and because it is about consultation, this means that the outcome is not guaranteed.”