The 15-year-old who stepped up in heated schools debate to demand ‘what about us?’
Last updated at 13:58, Friday, 07 February 2014
A teenage schoolgirl took centre stage at a mass meeting this week to accuse council bosses of sidelining the concerns of Workington pupils.
Samantha Tear, 15, of Gilgarran, aimed her criticism at school chiefs who want to close Workington’s Southfield Technology College and Stainburn School and create a single academy for the town.
Sam, a Southfield Technology College pupil, said: “You are just talking about the schools. Do you think about how that is making us feel?
“We don’t know where we are going to be in the future.”
It was the first time she had spoken in public. She said she felt she had to do so because pupils were being sidelined in the six-week consultation asking people their views about the county council’s plans.
Sam, of year 10, had been at the school to pick up a gold award for 100 per cent attendance when her family realised the meeting was happening and decided to stay behind.
Sam, who wants to be a vet, asked her mum Lesley, 41, if she would be allowed to speak at the meeting on Tuesday.
Cumbria County Council plans to shut and merge the schools after both failed Ofsted inspections.
At a consultation meeting at Stainburn School on Wednesday, some parents claimed that morale was so low that even teachers were fed-up and stressed.
Hundreds of parents attended the two meetings, which were the first chance they’d had to ask questions about the academy scheme and the school closures.
They were told that falling school rolls made it virtually impossible to maintain the status quo.
The potential impact on pupils surfaced just days after Stainburn head Chris McGrath and Southfield head Lynda Dalkin resigned with immediate effect.
The county council quickly appointed an interim executive headteacher, Lorrayne Hughes, of William Howard School in Brampton, who will take immediate charge of both schools during the transition.
Two new interim heads will be appointed to look after the day-to-day running of the schools.
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First published at 13:35, Friday, 07 February 2014
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Exactly the same thing was done with newlands girls school and moorclose. It destroyed standards and my grades plummeted. Absolutely hated it when stainburn was created! Couldn't wait to get to technical college. It's going to be too big an an absolute car crash.
with academies comes cash...this was always on the cards...slippery move I think...
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