Tollbar Edge proposal accepted
SCHOOLS minister Vernon Coaker has formally accepted the proposal by Tollbar Edge to replace the failing Lindsey School.
In a letter to Tollbar Edge chairman Philip Bond, Mr Coaker said: "I am pleased to inform you I have agreed to release funding for the feasibility phase to enable Tollbar Edge to develop plans for an 11-16 Academy in Cleethorpes.
“The academy will be specialising in mathematics, ICT and humanities. It will open in existing buildings in September. I wish you every success with the project.”
Following the announcement, Tollbar Business And Enterprise College Principal David Hampson was officially appointed chief executive of the Cleethorpes Academy, and the position of principal of the academy will now be advertised.
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The contract for new uniforms has also gone out to tender. Grants will be available to cover the cost of the majority of the uniforms for existing students.
Mr Hampson said: “North East Lincolnshire Council will meet towards the end of April to formally announce the closure of Lindsey School. There must then be a transfer of ownership of the land from the local authority to the trust company.
“Once that is completed, hopefully by the end of May, the funding agreement will be signed by the minister.
“At that stage, Cleethorpes Academy becomes a reality and it will be all systems go.”
Lindsey School will close at the end of the summer term.
Ofsted inspectors visited the school in early March and said good progress was being made – see tomorrow's Grimsby Telegraph for a full report.