Consultation Over Stoke-on-Trent School Site

Parents and carers of pupils who attend Sandon Business and Enterprise College in Stoke-on-Trent are being invited to take part in a consultation over the future of the Box Lane site of the school.

Council officers and governors have been meeting to discuss the future of the site, which was due to close in 2013. However, due to the poor state of the buildings and pressure on the school’s budget, along with the fall in pupil numbers, there are proposals to close the site at the end of the summer term this year.

Currently, around one hundred and twenty five (125) students are being taught at the Box Lane site, and around sixty (60) could transfer after the summer break, as the school will be able to accommodate the new intake.

The existing buildings at Box Lane are due to close in two years time but following detailed examination of the classrooms and facilities it is proposed to close the site early in the best interests of both pupils and staff.

“Moving the young people from this outdated site early will benefit them in many ways, and we are keen to ensure that all children and young people receive the best quality education in the very best facilities. Closing Box Lane means we can secure the highest standards of education and ensure all available funding is used to best advantage at the Sandon site, rather than money continuing to be spent on a soon-to-be redundant school building.”

After the consultation has finished governors from Sandon Business and Enterprise College will meet council officers to consider the findings and make a final decision.

The consultation is open to all parents and carers at the school and will end on March 18th. People interested in taking part can do so can do so by giving their views in writing to Laura Wright or Sarah Pilling, Children and Young People’s Services, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, SRT41RN or email laura.wright@stoke.gov.uk or sarah.pilling@stoke.gov.uk .

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