Schools set to merge agree to work together

Exterior of Collegiate High School in Blackpool
Exterior of Collegiate High School in Blackpool
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Governors from the two Blackpool schools at the centre of a proposed merger have agreed to work with one another to bring the schools closer together.

Bispham High School and Collegiate High School are to have closer links amid moves towards a new staffing structure.

The latest development comes despite no formal announcement to parents or agreement that the schools are merging.

Coun Sarah Riding, cabinet member for schools, said: “Bispham School now has an Interim Executive Board (IEB) looking after governance following the resignation of the governing body.

“I’m delighted the governors and IEB have agreed to work together and explore the ways both schools can work closely together.

“The timeline is still January 2014 for a new staffing structure, which will mean one headteacher and one leadership team.”

Union bosses have said they will also be working with the governing body and IEB to ensure minimum job losses during the restructure.

Peter Marsden, a representative for public sector trade union Unison, said: “Union officers will be involved with at the early stage in negotiations over the restructure to try to ensure the number of job losses are kept at the absolute minimum, exploring alternative posts, voluntary redundancies or early retirements.”

Headteachers from both schools have written to parents of schoolchildren explaining that all pupils will remain, or begin, at their own school sites from September.