Merger of Monks' Dyke Technology College and Tennyson High School is approved
LOUTH'S Monks' Dyke Technology College has been given approval to merge with Mablethorpe's Tennyson High School.
From the new term in September the two schools will share the same name – Monks' Dyke Tennyson College.
Parents will also have to buy new uniforms for the children at both schools which will have a royal blue and silver colour theme.
The new school logo will have a rampant lion and a cross, combining elements from both schools.
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Education chiefs at Lincolnshire County Council formally approved the merger following consultation with parents.
Monks' Dyke has about 830 pupils on roll and Tennyson about 300. There will be 80 teaching staff and 80 support staff across the two campuses.
The schools have been working closely together since 2008 and under a federation since 2010.
Executive headteacher of both Monks' Dyke and Tennyson, Dr Chris Rolph, said: "We have been working with Tennyson for sometime now and providing the flexibility of subjects with a larger number of options for the Mablethorpe school.
"A lot of the driving force behind the merger has been the element of unfairness for those schools which are smaller and cannot offer the range of subjects we will be offering.
"The parents have been fully behind it.
"It is not one school taking over another."
The headteacher welcomed the decision and said planning for the start in September will be in top gear.
He said: "It's great to be able to build on the strengths of the two schools but at the same time to have something of a fresh start, reminding people of our values and our commitment to excellence.
"We've already made a huge difference to the choice and opportunities available to Mablethorpe students in particular, and this decision makes the relationship permanent.
"We are looking forward to some exceptional results across the two sites, and will be working hard to bring equality of opportunity to all the students in East Lindsey."