Pupils start classes at new Swanage School

NEW BUILD: Head teacher Tristram Hobson and students from the new Swanage School

NEW BUILD: Head teacher Tristram Hobson and students from the new Swanage School

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LESS than a year after foundations were laid on the site, pupils have started their first classes in their new Swanage School building.

The historic first day took place on Friday and even the driving rain failed to dampen spirits.

Swanage School head teacher Tristram Hobson was thrilled his students and staff had finally moved into the building, which stands at the former Swanage Middle School’s High Street campus.

He said: “The Swanage School has a new home with specially designed spaces that provide the perfect environment for the school to work together, learn together and celebrate together.

“And the High Street site is an ideal base for us to continue educating our students with the wonderful coastline and countryside around us.”

More than 100 students started at the school’s temporary campus, at Harrow House language college in September, while building work continued at their new home.

Contractor Kier constructed the new school building on time, despite tough working conditions because of the winter’s stormy weather.

Swanage School chairman of governors Paul Angel said: “It has been a long campaign to see a secondary school open in Swanage for the first time in 40 years, but the speed of the actual build has been astonishing.

“I cannot thank Kier and the Department for Education (DfE) enough. Our new facilities are fantastic and will allow staff to continue delivering a first-rate education to our students.”

The DfE announced the, then proposed Swanage School, could become one of 55 new free schools in October 2011.

Campaign group Education Swanage had been working to establish a secondary school since 2010, after county education chiefs ruled against a site in the town as part of a £36.5 million Purbeck schools shake-up.

The new building boasts two-storey wings of classrooms either side of a central hall, plus a full-sized sports hall. It includes science labs, computer suites, kitchens and art & design workshops.

The school is holding a community open day on Saturday, May 17, from noon until 5pm. It is for anybody interested in taking a tour of the new buildings.

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6:50pm Fri 2 May 14

Yankee1 says...

Congratulations!

Now...get to work! A lot of people have worked hard for you!
Congratulations! Now...get to work! A lot of people have worked hard for you! Yankee1
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8:42pm Fri 2 May 14

Dorsetboy says...

It would be churlish not to congratulate Education Swanage for delivering ‘The Swanage School’. A couple of years ago many thought it a far-fetched proposition. The fact that the Department for Education appointed an adjudicator who upheld Dorset County Council’s plans to close Swanage Middle School and transfer all 11+ education to The Purbeck School in Wareham, whilst at the same time funding The Swanage School makes the achievement even more incredible. However, the fact remains it’s a very small secondary school which will struggle to offer the breadth of options at Key Stage 4 (i.e. GCSE and beyond) when compared with other secondary schools in the area. Also what plans are there for a Sixth Form? Surely the best outcome would be for The Swanage School to form a collaboration with The Purbeck School – as is the case between Shaftesbury School and Sturminster Newton High School.
It would be churlish not to congratulate Education Swanage for delivering ‘The Swanage School’. A couple of years ago many thought it a far-fetched proposition. The fact that the Department for Education appointed an adjudicator who upheld Dorset County Council’s plans to close Swanage Middle School and transfer all 11+ education to The Purbeck School in Wareham, whilst at the same time funding The Swanage School makes the achievement even more incredible. However, the fact remains it’s a very small secondary school which will struggle to offer the breadth of options at Key Stage 4 (i.e. GCSE and beyond) when compared with other secondary schools in the area. Also what plans are there for a Sixth Form? Surely the best outcome would be for The Swanage School to form a collaboration with The Purbeck School – as is the case between Shaftesbury School and Sturminster Newton High School. Dorsetboy
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6:30pm Sat 3 May 14

Yankee1 says...

Dorsetboy wrote:
It would be churlish not to congratulate Education Swanage for delivering ‘The Swanage School’. A couple of years ago many thought it a far-fetched proposition. The fact that the Department for Education appointed an adjudicator who upheld Dorset County Council’s plans to close Swanage Middle School and transfer all 11+ education to The Purbeck School in Wareham, whilst at the same time funding The Swanage School makes the achievement even more incredible. However, the fact remains it’s a very small secondary school which will struggle to offer the breadth of options at Key Stage 4 (i.e. GCSE and beyond) when compared with other secondary schools in the area. Also what plans are there for a Sixth Form? Surely the best outcome would be for The Swanage School to form a collaboration with The Purbeck School – as is the case between Shaftesbury School and Sturminster NewtonAs far as I know, The Swanage School is 11-16. Then pupils will transfer to a sixth form setting, whether it be Purbeck School, or further afield.

Since most Swanage School pupils will progress to the Purbeck School, it would behoove the latter to form a strong relationship with the former. The latter has not been helpful; but that is water over the dam. There is no reason why there cannot be a happy and healthy relationship.

This is about children. and not about the pride of adults.
[quote][p][bold]Dorsetboy[/bold] wrote: It would be churlish not to congratulate Education Swanage for delivering ‘The Swanage School’. A couple of years ago many thought it a far-fetched proposition. The fact that the Department for Education appointed an adjudicator who upheld Dorset County Council’s plans to close Swanage Middle School and transfer all 11+ education to The Purbeck School in Wareham, whilst at the same time funding The Swanage School makes the achievement even more incredible. However, the fact remains it’s a very small secondary school which will struggle to offer the breadth of options at Key Stage 4 (i.e. GCSE and beyond) when compared with other secondary schools in the area. Also what plans are there for a Sixth Form? Surely the best outcome would be for The Swanage School to form a collaboration with The Purbeck School – as is the case between Shaftesbury School and Sturminster NewtonAs far as I know, The Swanage School is 11-16. Then pupils will transfer to a sixth form setting, whether it be Purbeck School, or further afield. Since most Swanage School pupils will progress to the Purbeck School, it would behoove the latter to form a strong relationship with the former. The latter has not been helpful; but that is water over the dam. There is no reason why there cannot be a happy and healthy relationship. This is about children. and not about the pride of adults. Yankee1
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6:30pm Sat 3 May 14

Yankee1 says...

Dorsetboy wrote:
It would be churlish not to congratulate Education Swanage for delivering ‘The Swanage School’. A couple of years ago many thought it a far-fetched proposition. The fact that the Department for Education appointed an adjudicator who upheld Dorset County Council’s plans to close Swanage Middle School and transfer all 11+ education to The Purbeck School in Wareham, whilst at the same time funding The Swanage School makes the achievement even more incredible. However, the fact remains it’s a very small secondary school which will struggle to offer the breadth of options at Key Stage 4 (i.e. GCSE and beyond) when compared with other secondary schools in the area. Also what plans are there for a Sixth Form? Surely the best outcome would be for The Swanage School to form a collaboration with The Purbeck School – as is the case between Shaftesbury School and Sturminster NewtonAs far as I know, The Swanage School is 11-16. Then pupils will transfer to a sixth form setting, whether it be Purbeck School, or further afield.

Since most Swanage School pupils will progress to the Purbeck School, it would behoove the latter to form a strong relationship with the former. The latter has not been helpful; but that is water over the dam. There is no reason why there cannot be a happy and healthy relationship.

This is about children. and not about the pride of adults.
[quote][p][bold]Dorsetboy[/bold] wrote: It would be churlish not to congratulate Education Swanage for delivering ‘The Swanage School’. A couple of years ago many thought it a far-fetched proposition. The fact that the Department for Education appointed an adjudicator who upheld Dorset County Council’s plans to close Swanage Middle School and transfer all 11+ education to The Purbeck School in Wareham, whilst at the same time funding The Swanage School makes the achievement even more incredible. However, the fact remains it’s a very small secondary school which will struggle to offer the breadth of options at Key Stage 4 (i.e. GCSE and beyond) when compared with other secondary schools in the area. Also what plans are there for a Sixth Form? Surely the best outcome would be for The Swanage School to form a collaboration with The Purbeck School – as is the case between Shaftesbury School and Sturminster NewtonAs far as I know, The Swanage School is 11-16. Then pupils will transfer to a sixth form setting, whether it be Purbeck School, or further afield. Since most Swanage School pupils will progress to the Purbeck School, it would behoove the latter to form a strong relationship with the former. The latter has not been helpful; but that is water over the dam. There is no reason why there cannot be a happy and healthy relationship. This is about children. and not about the pride of adults. Yankee1
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8:36am Sun 4 May 14

Dorsetboy says...

I totally agree. However, a successful Sixth Form collaboration between The Swanage School and The Purbeck School will need positive input from the leadership teams at both schools. It's not fair to single out The Purbeck School as having been "unfair". One can just as easily point to clear examples of people involved with setting up The Swanage School running down The Purbeck School and its historic positive contribution to the education of Swanage children. Many parents of 11-16 children in Swanage still favour The Purbeck School. As I said - a positive attitude from both parties will be important.
I totally agree. However, a successful Sixth Form collaboration between The Swanage School and The Purbeck School will need positive input from the leadership teams at both schools. It's not fair to single out The Purbeck School as having been "unfair". One can just as easily point to clear examples of people involved with setting up The Swanage School running down The Purbeck School and its historic positive contribution to the education of Swanage children. Many parents of 11-16 children in Swanage still favour The Purbeck School. As I said - a positive attitude from both parties will be important. Dorsetboy
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6:25pm Sun 4 May 14

Yankee1 says...

Dorsetboy wrote:
I totally agree. However, a successful Sixth Form collaboration between The Swanage School and The Purbeck School will need positive input from the leadership teams at both schools. It's not fair to single out The Purbeck School as having been "unfair". One can just as easily point to clear examples of people involved with setting up The Swanage School running down The Purbeck School and its historic positive contribution to the education of Swanage children. Many parents of 11-16 children in Swanage still favour The Purbeck School. As I said - a positive attitude from both parties will be important.
Agreed. The two Heads (both relatively new) need to establish the cooperative atmosphere. I think that is happening.
[quote][p][bold]Dorsetboy[/bold] wrote: I totally agree. However, a successful Sixth Form collaboration between The Swanage School and The Purbeck School will need positive input from the leadership teams at both schools. It's not fair to single out The Purbeck School as having been "unfair". One can just as easily point to clear examples of people involved with setting up The Swanage School running down The Purbeck School and its historic positive contribution to the education of Swanage children. Many parents of 11-16 children in Swanage still favour The Purbeck School. As I said - a positive attitude from both parties will be important.[/p][/quote]Agreed. The two Heads (both relatively new) need to establish the cooperative atmosphere. I think that is happening. Yankee1
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