Joining with Deanes will make us both stronger

Echo: Joining with Deanes will make us both stronger Joining with Deanes will make us both stronger

THE headteacher who has come to Deanes’ rescue said the new partnership would make both schools stronger and better places to learn.

Sue Hammond, headteacher of the Billericay School, says she is only too happy to step-up and join forces with Jan Atkinson and the Deanes School, claiming the decision to shut it down was morally wrong. The two women have known each other for 15 years and already work together on teaching training to improve standards of learning at both schools.

Mrs Hammond said: “The Deanes School is a good school which serves its community well and it would be very detrimental if it closed.

“We have an obligation to ensure parents and children can choose the education they want and the scale of opinion demonstrates the community wants the Deanes to stay open.

“We were very disappointed something like that should happen to such a good school.”

The Deanes School is a specialist sports and performing arts college and the Billericay School is a maths and computing specialist school, so both schools would utilise each other’s expertise.

Mrs Hammond added: “It is so important schools collaborate for the good of the children and we have such strong bonds with the Deanes. There is a huge amount to be gained for both schools.

“The Deanes has its marvellous work as a sports college and we are a larger school with academy experience and post-16 facilities.”

Deanes headteacher Jan Atkinson added: “Sue and I have worked together very closely in the past.

“We have picked the school because it is a good school and have a very similar ethos to ours, and we think this is the right fit for our children.”

Billericay School’s governors are due to consider the proposals at an extraordinary meeting on February 24.

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10:02am Tue 11 Feb 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

....... the decision to shut it down was morally wrong........
Does she know something we do not know?
....... the decision to shut it down was morally wrong........ Does she know something we do not know? Keptquiettillnow

5:28pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Southend Andy says...

So is it closing or not? I bet none of the parents of the children that go would put their hands in their pockets to keep it open.
So is it closing or not? I bet none of the parents of the children that go would put their hands in their pockets to keep it open. Southend Andy

5:42pm Tue 11 Feb 14

saveDeanesschool says...

Southend Andy wrote:
So is it closing or not? I bet none of the parents of the children that go would put their hands in their pockets to keep it open.
The school is putting the last paperwork in for it to be an academy.
This is the best thing to keep the school open and to stop greedy ECC building on the land.
Why should the parents pay when the rebuild money is still sitting in Gooding's fat bank account?
Also, another 4 million should be on it's way from the other two schools who deviously went behind backs.
Waiting now for a final date so as to change over to academy.
[quote][p][bold]Southend Andy[/bold] wrote: So is it closing or not? I bet none of the parents of the children that go would put their hands in their pockets to keep it open.[/p][/quote]The school is putting the last paperwork in for it to be an academy. This is the best thing to keep the school open and to stop greedy ECC building on the land. Why should the parents pay when the rebuild money is still sitting in Gooding's fat bank account? Also, another 4 million should be on it's way from the other two schools who deviously went behind backs. Waiting now for a final date so as to change over to academy. saveDeanesschool

6:08pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Diannah says...

Great news for Deanes!

Shame it wasn't the King John or Appleton schools offering to lend their support - at least Mrs Atkinson knows who her friends are now.
Great news for Deanes! Shame it wasn't the King John or Appleton schools offering to lend their support - at least Mrs Atkinson knows who her friends are now. Diannah

6:36pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Southend Andy says...

But why are pupil numbers falling so much? Not enough pupils then what? A half empty school?
But why are pupil numbers falling so much? Not enough pupils then what? A half empty school? Southend Andy

6:53pm Tue 11 Feb 14

saveDeanesschool says...

The state of the school isn't attractive to new pupils as no maintenance was granted by ECC for the last five years and also they were told to keep numbers down, so have therefore contributed to constructive closure as they've had their eye on the land for quite some time!
Just as the rebuild was about to go ahead (a few days before), ECC pounced and announced a closure.
A cruel state of affairs for all the schooling community.
The state of the school isn't attractive to new pupils as no maintenance was granted by ECC for the last five years and also they were told to keep numbers down, so have therefore contributed to constructive closure as they've had their eye on the land for quite some time! Just as the rebuild was about to go ahead (a few days before), ECC pounced and announced a closure. A cruel state of affairs for all the schooling community. saveDeanesschool

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