A statement from Helen Goodman MP following the change to timetabling for Year 10 and 11 students at Greenfield Community College’s Sunnydale Campus:
“Following messages from parents in Shildon about the changes to Year 10 and 11 timetables at Greenfield Community College (Sunnydale Campus), I went to see the headmaster, Mr Priestley, to discuss the situation.
“Since the merger of the two schools, children’s exam results have been improving, but the school still faces a number of problems.
“Firstly, thanks to the Tory Government’s ruthless school cuts, the school budget has not been increased in line with inflation and costs which the school must meet. And of course, running a school of two sites is more expensive. Secondly, OFSTED have made some criticisms of the school and said it requires improvement. Thirdly, the number of children starting in the school has significantly decreased from five years ago.
“This means, that in order for the school to be able to offer the pupils a wider choice of GCSE subjects and for children to get most from their lessons, Years 10 and 11 will be based mostly at the Newton Aycliffe campus. Up to now, three quarters of the children have already been traveling for some subjects.
“The Tory Government’s failure to increase school budgets has made the situation far more difficult, and while recognising the community benefits of the current situation I do understand that the school is acting to give the children the best chances.
“The specialist facilities at the Sunnydale campus, including the art and photography resources, the running track and RE teaching, will continue to be available to all students.”