New Louth and Mablethorpe school merger to offer ‘wider breadth’ of learning

Students Alice Rolph and Alec Newlove model the new uniform for the Monks' Dyke Tennyson College.
Students Alice Rolph and Alec Newlove model the new uniform for the Monks' Dyke Tennyson College.

PUPILS can look forward to improved prospects and a ‘wider breadth’ of learning under the new Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College, according to the current head of Tennyson High School in Mablethorpe.

Tennyson will merge with Monks’ Dyke Technology College in Louth from September, creating the new school with around 1,000 students.

The schools have worked closely together since 2010 as the Monks’ Dyke and Tennyson Learning Federation, but this year announced plans to merge which were approved by Lincolnshire County Council.

Mike Eyre, school head at Tennyson, said the move would benefit all students as well as staff. Earlier this year he spoke of the problems encountered by such a small school with regards to exam results after the school was ranked among the lowest in Lincolnshire for GCSE A*-C grades.

“As a small school our pupils don’t have the same opportunities as those in Louth, it’s unfair for that to be the case,” he said.

“Students in years nine to 11 will gain a much wider choice of subjects and qualifications.

“Its exciting for staff as well as students, there will be opportunities for further professional development.

“We’re hoping things will run smoothly, we’ve been taking pupils over to Monks’ Dyke since early June and so far everything has gone well.

“We want to make it clear this is certainly not a takeover, but a merger for the benefit of the young people of both Louth and Mablethorpe.

“As an existing school we can offer Louth students our expertise in vocational subjects.”

The move comes at a time of great change for local education in the town, with Mablethorpe Primary School currently exploring plans to become an academy.

The new secondary school will run under executive headteacher Dr Chris Rolph, with Mike Eyre moving over to the Louth campus and Paul Marsden taking over the Mablethorpe campus.

Dr Rolph said the school would be a ‘split site school catering for students of all abilities between 11 and 19’.

“We have the opportunity of a new start and a new identity but can build on the history of both schools,” he explained.

The school’s new uniform has also been unveiled. Based on ideas from students and parents who wanted a ‘smarter look’ based on the traditional blazer and tie.

The tie itself has been designed silver and blue, complemented by a grey and blue jumper, grey trousers or skirt, and navy blazer with blue trim.

“The uniform will give us a unique identity in the local area, and reflects our commitment to high standards for all while respecting the individual,” added Dr Rolph.

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