MP voices concerns over Mablethorpe school closure

Monks' Dyke Tennyson College in Mablethorpe.
Monks' Dyke Tennyson College in Mablethorpe.

Mablethorpe MP Victoria Atkins has voiced her concerns over controversial proposals to close the town’s Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College.

College governors have suggested shutting the Mablethorpe site, leaving pupils to either transfer to other colleges or switch to the Louth campus.

Governors claim falling numbers have led to increasing financial pressure.

Parents and councillors have hit out at the move while Lincolnshire County Council is launching a consultation into the future of the Mablethorpe campus.

Ms Atkins admitted the loss of the college would be a blow to Mablethorpe but stressed standards at the college had to improve – if there was any chance of the campus remaining open.

She also urged parents, staff and residents to take part in the consultation. Ms Atkins said: “I am greatly concerned to hear that the future of Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College in Mablethorpe may be in doubt.

“I have discussed the problems facing the school with the Deputy Leader of the County Council, County Councillor Patricia Bradwell, and have been assured that no decision will be made until after the public consultation in September.

“I encourage parents, students, staff and residents to contribute to that consultation. All options must be examined before a decision is made.

“I will be making the point that a good school attracts families – and prosperity – to the area. However, standards at the school must improve for that to bear true.

“Falling exam results and pupil numbers have taken their toll. Following last summer’s GCSE results in English, the Department for Education has ordered the school to improve its academic standards.

“According to the report, the majority of parents of secondary age children in Mablethorpe (59%) choose to send their children to schools outside Mablethorpe.”

Ms Atkins said she wanted to clarify whether parents had been kept fully informed of the situation at the college.

She added: “I will be writing to the Chairman of the Governors of Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College asking for an assurance that they will keep parents, staff and pupils fully informed of any developments from now on. Children in Mablethorpe deserve a good education: we must make sure that this process delivers that.”

Since the news of the closure, Mike Eyre, Principal of MDTC in Mablethorpe, added: “It has been clear for some time that we needed to consider alternative structural 
arrangements for education on the Mablethorpe site and we have worked with the county council to produce the options paper submitted to the Young People’s Scrutiny Committee.

“Their deliberations will inform any future consultations from September but for now our plan remains to continue providing education for the children of Mablethorpe and the school will continue to operate as usual when doors open to students in September.”

Following the devastation the news that this site closure could be a possibility, a public meeting has now been set up by a new group which has been formed called Save Tennyson School.

The meeting is set to take place on Monday, August 17 at The Dunes Complex Theatre in Mablethorpe from 7.30pm.

A petition has also been launched to urge Lincolnshire County Council to stop the close of this site.

If you would like to sign the petition, please search for tennyson school.