19/04/2013 Leave a comment
On Tuesday night I took time out from campaigning to attend a really important meeting that will have a significant effect on our community’s parents and children.
It was an open meeting at Mildenhall College to discuss their proposals to be come an Academy and to meet the organisation who they want to work with through the process, Academy Transformation Trust (ATT).
I was quite shocked that not one of my opponents bothered to turn up, I have read many things in others election leaflets that has nothing to do with the County Council elections or the work of the County Council but education is a County Council matter and how we go about improving the standards in our schools is of great concern to parents; so a hour spent in the principle school in our area surely is not too much to ask, apparently it is!
Representing an area is far more that stuffing a leaflet through door its about actually understand and influencing the decisions that are being made, as an elected representative that’s the job.
The proposal is that Mildenhall College will become Mildenhall College Academy and Tuesday was a chance to meet and question Keith Bishop, Regional operations Director for ATT and Ian Cleland Chief Executive of ATT
I think this is great news for our school children in the three primary schools in Row Heath parents will have genuine choice in the future of an Academy in Mildenhall or the new Breckland Free School in Brandon. In Lakenheath I battled and secured free school transport to either.
I asked a couple of questions in the Q&A session and was pleased to learn that the Sponsor and the school are determined that the school remains a community one, that’s code for will not have a selective admissions policy and that they will seek to expand as housing numbers bring more children to our area.
Ian went on to explain their ambitions for Mildenhall to become a centre of excellent for leading edge technology with state of the art gaming and 3-D rendering facilities and courses and a wider further education offer.
Also about their organisation and the network of 17 Academies, 9 secondary’s schools and 7 primary schools they will provide including Methwold High School now called Iceni Academy which has become an Academy with the help of ATT.
Beyond working to raise the standards in the school one of the other challenges is the school building with a split site and continuing failure of the system buildings that makes up the bulk of the school. After the meeting I had a chat with Ian Cleland and we talked about our shared ambitions for single public sector hub on the Riverside School site in Mildenhall bringing investment and state of the art facilities for the school, Leisure, community and local government.
Exciting times ahead for our Row Heath’s children’s education.