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The fight to save a North Yorkshire school


6:14am 2nd March 2012

Parents, governors, pupils, and school staff across York are being invited to take part in a public consultation about the future of Burnholme Community College from the 1st of March.

The consultation will gauge views on the council's proposal to carry out a phased closure of the college, following falling student numbers.

Local residents and interested parties will be able to take part in the consultation in a number of different ways:

* Online at the council's website, click here

* By collecting a copy of the consultation document from Tang Hall Library or York Explore.

* Parents with children at schools near Burnholme can also complete a paper copy of the questionnaire, which will be available from their school.

The deadline for responses to the consultation is 20 April.

Councillor Janet Looker, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Young People's Services, said:

 "It is very sad that we have to consider a phased closure of Burnholme Community College. The college is highly regarded by the parents who have chosen it for their children and by Ofsted who judged it to be "good" at the last inspection. However, the economic reality is that with falling student numbers the Burnholme Community College is no longer financially viable.

"Our priority now is to consult on a phased closure plan that seeks to protect the quality of education available to students already at Burnholme and to families living in this part of the city. York is in the fortunate position of having an excellent local educational offer. Headteachers of all other secondary schools across the city (including the two academies) have all pledged to work with Burnholme Community College in order to support the students and the staff.

"I would urge people to take part in the consultation and have their say on the proposals."

If a phased closure is agreed, the local authority will work with the college to ensure that the 172 students in the current Years 9,10 and 11 can successfully complete their education at Burnholme before it potentially closes in 2014. 

The phased closure would also see 114 students in the current Year 8 and Year 7 move to new schools in 2013 and 2014 in order to start their GCSE courses at neighbouring schools.

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