The future of Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College (MDTC) in Mablethorpe is uncertain as a consultation has begun to look at reducing staff numbers amid increasing financial pressure.
Lincolnshire County Council is also being consulted on whether the Mablethorpe school, which has seen falling student numbers, is viable long term.
Rachel Tickhill, Chair of Governors at MDTC, said: “Falling numbers in the local secondary school sector and increasing pressure on finances in the schools sector has meant MDTC has had to reorganise its provision and consult on staffing reductions whilst maintaining a broad and balanced curriculum for the benefit of the pupils.
“It’s disappointing that merging the two schools hasn’t worked out as well as we’d planned, but due to unprecedented declining pupil numbers, in addition to the other factors, we have been left with no alternative.”
Monks’ Dyke Technology College was reorganised in 2012 to incorporate Tennyson High School at Mablethorpe, becoming Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College (MDTC). The local authority and the governing bodies of both schools envisaged that by sharing staffing and resources it would secure a sustainable solution for secondary education in Mablethorpe.
However, the combination of a declining demographic in the local secondary age school population, and increased pressures on funding have continued to cause challenges for many schools and in particular for MDTC.
As a consequence MDTC has been forced to begin consulting on a reorganisation of its shared provision which will lead to a range of staffing reductions as the two sites are demerged.
Mike Eyre, Principal of MDTC, said: “This is an exceptionally difficult time for the staff but the practical realities of trying to share staff and resources over two sites that are 15-miles apart has taken its toll on our staff.
“It has been clear for some time that we needed to consider alternative structural arrangements for education on the Mablethorpe site and we are now working with the county council to plan a new future for this site.”
Debbie Barnes, Director of Children’s Services for Lincolnshire County Council, said: “The county council is aware of the governing body’s position regarding the Mablethorpe Tennyson College.
“We will continue to work with Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College and its management team to explore the options regarding secondary education in Mablethorpe – these options will be considered at the scrutiny committee in July and will then be subject to consultation.
“The education of the students at the school won’t be affected and they will continue to be provided with good quality teaching and learning opportunities.”
Together, the governors of MDTC and the county council have begun to explore the options for the provision of education in Mablethorpe. The council is working with the school and the DfE to explore all options for the Mablethorpe site in order to secure continued high quality education for the school community.
All options will be explored and taken to the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee in July.