Bright Tribe: We are not gambling with children’s futures
Last updated at 12:43, Thursday, 21 February 2013
An education trust at the heart of school merger plans for Workington has insisted it is up to the job.
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it seems the schools are going ahead without taking parents views onboard going by the meeting at southfield on tuesday.
Two words RICHARD ROSE.
If Bright Tribe is such a wonderful organisation, why haven't more schools signed up? In the last six months only Stainburn and Southfield have fallen for their talk and signed on the dotted line. Bright Tribe claim that they will have dozens of schools under their control within a couple of years. If the last six months are anything to go by, this will not happen. They say they are 'talking' to lots of schools but nobody else has fallen for their patter. This should tell us a lot. Schools are realising that Bright Tribe have no experience of running any schools at all and are being cautious. Do people know that Bright Tribe are promoting an education which will not secure Workington children the qualifications they need to either get a place at university or get a good job? Bright Tribe want children to have fun and do lots of active activities outside the classroom but this will not enable children to achieve the qualifications that are essential these days. Most people do not understand the rush. Why do the two schools have to become academies in June? Why do they have to merge in September? If academies are the way forward, surely it would make sense to 'shop around'. The schools should see what other companies have to offer, compare and contrast and then make a decision. Why sign up for the first company that shows an interest? A company that has not got any track record of running a school. I would be telling them to come back in 2 years when they have set up a school so I could measure their success. People need to ask what will happen if Bright Tribe don't get any more schools on board. This whole thing will fail and who will pick up the pieces? In the meantime, the children of Workington will suffer in this rushed venture. Parents have now been invited to give opinions at the two schools but isn't that too late? The schools have signed up for this already. As somebody else has pointed out above, this is shutting the gate after the horse has bolted. Parents, staff and pupils should have been consulted first! This must be stopped or at least slowed down! Bright Tribe need to be challenged. If they are as committed to the people of Workington as they say they are (haha!!), they will build a nice new school somewhere in town and then the people of Workington can opt to send their children there if they want to! I am concerned for all pupils, parents and staff!