Berwick Academy to reopen sixth form centre
The sixth form centre at Berwick Academy will reopen on Wednesday.
The block, separate to the main part of the school, has been closed since the start of term.
Acting head teacher Steve Wilkes said: “We started the year trialling another way of supervised study.
“It also allowed us to do some vital safety work in the sixth form centre.
“It quickly became clear, from student, parent and teacher voice, that this was not working as effectively as we wanted.
“Therefore, normal service will be resumed from Wednesday. A letter went home to parents of sixth form students by email on Friday to this effect.
“We are keen to acknowledge when we get it wrong, and act as swiftly as possible.”
Writing to the Advertiser before the decision was reversed, one pupil complained that sixth formers were working in ‘unacceptable conditions’ with the school providing nothing in the way of a replacement for the sixth form centre except for a rota of classrooms in which to study.
He said: “This may sound like a logical solution but is in fact extremely disruptive to learning as it requires sixth form to constantly move lesson to lesson and, most of the time, the provided room lacks computers so that we cannot even do crucial work.
“In addition, the sixth form body is all but forgotten by staff as there is not an adequate place provided to go for recess or lunch due to extremely limited space in the cafeteria.”