Education boss speaks over Eskdale merger plans

The boss of education in the county has spoken out about proposals to merge Eskdale School with the college.

Peter Dwyer is North Yorkshire County Council’s Corporate Director for the Children and Young People’s Service and said talks about creating a single school had been taking place “for some time”.

While he said that no formal decision has been taken about the merger or the future of the Eskdale school site, the county council confirmed today that both Eskdale School and Caedmon College “both schools have agreed to support the County Council’s proposal”.

Mr Dwyer said: “We have been talking to the two secondary schools in Whitby for some time about the benefits of a single 11-19 offer for the town.

“We want the young people of Whitby to have the best opportunities in teaching and learning to give them the greatest choices in their future lives in what is a rapidly changing and challenging world.

“This has been our primary focus and we have been working with the governing bodies of the two schools to put together the right proposal.

“No decisions have yet been taken about a single school. No decision has been taken about the future of the school sites. The decision to go forward and consult on the proposals will be taken by our Executive Member on February 9th.

“I would wish to reassure parents and the local community that the best interests of the young people of Whitby is our primary focus and that in particular Year 9 students about to make GCSE choices will not be disadvantaged in any way.”

County Cllr Arthur Baker is the executive member for schools and he is set to decide on February 9 whether to go forward and put the issue out to public consultation later that same month.