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Proposed Amalgamation

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by IGOliver, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. Hello. I wonder if anyone could offer me some experienced based advice. We have recently been told that with the with the problem of future falling roles and other issues, that four / five school maybe joined together under one governing and SMT body over the respective split sites. Obviously there are several issues surrounding this. Where would the SMT be based and so on. We are currently, as far as I understand, only in the initial proposal stages with various models being put to the various bodies in question. Many different ideas have been voiced by staff. The geographical situation as far as I can see is two of the larger schools are within 5 miles of each other (this includes my current school) while the other two are again relatively close to each other but some 10 miles + from the original two. (following me so far?) Some of the proposals include each of the pairs taking a lower school / upper school responsibility. Another model is where teachers move between the four sites for lessons, cover etc.. Yet another is where schools holds specialisms, for example one school takes responsibility for the teaching of sciences and maths engineering etc another tackles the humanities, a third takes the vocational course and / or post 16 provision and many more besides..

    Now I'm not adverse to change in itself, and I'm sure our SMT would only enter into such an arrangement if they genuinely felt this was for the long term good of the students, school and staff. I am just wondering if there are any out there who have been through a similar experience and have any advice or tales to share, models that have worked within your own schools or even ones that have been tried and abandoned. What steps have you been through to aide in staff relations between the schools. Any advice gratefully received that I can do my "Jimminy Cricket" bit and whisper into the right ears of the right people.

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. Hello. I wonder if anyone could offer me some experienced based advice. We have recently been told that with the with the problem of future falling roles and other issues, that four / five school maybe joined together under one governing and SMT body over the respective split sites. Obviously there are several issues surrounding this. Where would the SMT be based and so on. We are currently, as far as I understand, only in the initial proposal stages with various models being put to the various bodies in question. Many different ideas have been voiced by staff. The geographical situation as far as I can see is two of the larger schools are within 5 miles of each other (this includes my current school) while the other two are again relatively close to each other but some 10 miles + from the original two. (following me so far?) Some of the proposals include each of the pairs taking a lower school / upper school responsibility. Another model is where teachers move between the four sites for lessons, cover etc.. Yet another is where schools holds specialisms, for example one school takes responsibility for the teaching of sciences and maths engineering etc another tackles the humanities, a third takes the vocational course and / or post 16 provision and many more besides..

    Now I'm not adverse to change in itself, and I'm sure our SMT would only enter into such an arrangement if they genuinely felt this was for the long term good of the students, school and staff. I am just wondering if there are any out there who have been through a similar experience and have any advice or tales to share, models that have worked within your own schools or even ones that have been tried and abandoned. What steps have you been through to aide in staff relations between the schools. Any advice gratefully received that I can do my "Jimminy Cricket" bit and whisper into the right ears of the right people.

    Thank you in advance.
     
  3. 2 schools were 2 miles apart. One kept mainly KS4, the other KS3 and 6th form. Different sports at each, different specialisms. Pupils bussed between the 2. Elongated breaks between every lesson, 4 longer periods per day. Massive costs. Teachers rushing between sites (regularly in accidents and being caught speeding). I recall one day taking my tutor group site A, cover on Site B P1, back to site A for P2, and so on.
    Insufficient SMT cover at site B was a major problem. Kids regularly missing the transfer bus. Costs were horrendous. Staff turnover and absence through stress was huge.
    Site B was eventually turned into housing and site A was expanded. Now it is all back to 'normal'. That would be my main recommendation. Do NOT have split sites. Merge on to the bigger site and sell the other off to pay for the refurb and expansion. Be prepared for huge staff losses whilst you discuss it.
     
  4. Well, I'm glad I'm just a class teacher and not senior management. Not sure there will be many if any site closures though. The two bigger schools, (mine included) have spent an awful lot refurbishing parts of their sites
     
  5. Within a year of me (and 30% of the staff leaving tha year), all but one of the SMT had also left. Believe me, it was no fun being 'just a class teacher'. I am pleased to say that with the merger, new build and move complete, the school is going well. And as to money already spent. Well, it has gone. Only future costs count. In our case, the decisions as to which school to close and which to expand rested entirely on who owned the land and which land was more valuable for sale.
     
  6. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    With that sort of separation, movement of staff or students within the working day would be impossible. England doesn't have specialist funding any more, so specialism will fade out. As each school will have to teach National Curriculum, EBacc, each of them will need to deliver the full range of stuff.
    Sounds scary though - if they cut down on posts of responsibility (one head of science for all 4 schools? probably a bad idea) the rearrangement could be painful. Each school will need someone senior there all the time.
    Good luck,
    P
     

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