Merger head in pledge to keep parents in the loop

Pupils Nicholas Wright, Amba Harden-Neill, Alycia Harden-Neill and Lewis Palin with Helen Hamilton and Mark Standing
Pupils Nicholas Wright, Amba Harden-Neill, Alycia Harden-Neill and Lewis Palin with Helen Hamilton and Mark Standing
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The acting head of two schools at the centre of a controversial merger has vowed to keep communities informed of future developments.

John Topping, acting headteacher at Collegiate High School and formerly acting headteacher at Bispham High School, made the pledge as children due to start at both schools in September settle into their new surroundings during a summer school.

Future Year Seven pupils who applied to the schools on Blackpool Old Road and Bispham Road will start at the Bispham campus in September, one of the first steps to join the schools together.

Mr Topping said: “I will keep the north Blackpool community informed of all developments and how they can support us.

“Very soon we will be looking to Bispham and Collegiate communities to consider a suitable name for our new school, along with the badge and logo.

“Already we have decided on a new uniform colour scheme for these Year Seven students and we now need to take the design process to its next stage.”

Parents and pupils from both schools found out in December about proposals to merge the schools, creating a new £10m school on the Collegiate site.

From September children in Years Eight to 11 at both schools will remain at their current campuses while Year Sevens start in Bispham.

From January 2014 staff from both schools will be coming together as one single team.

And building work is then expected to begin on the Collegiate site by the end of 2013 , to be completed by 2015.

Around 30 pupils signed up to the two-week summer school, taking part in drama and circus skills workshops plus orienteering and sports.

Pupil Nicholas Wright, 11, said: “It has been excellent. I’ve really enjoyed all the arts and crafts activities.”

The 10 and 11-year-olds have also had sessions on their hopes and fears about high school.

Mr Topping added: “I am pleased that such an impressive number of our new students have committed to this event and I am confident that the joining of the two schools will see many more of our youngsters working together on exciting projects.”

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