Education chief pledges support for Berwick schools partnership

Northumberland County Council's deputy leader has reaffirmed the authority's commitment to supporting education in the Berwick partnership.

Tuesday, 25th September 2018, 07:29 am
Updated Thursday, 20th September 2018, 09:31 am
Berwick Academy

Coun Wayne Daley, who is cabinet member for children’s services and also deputy leader, made the pledge at last week’s cabinet meeting in Berwick’s Swan Centre.

He was particularly keen to emphasise that the council wanted to support Berwick Academy which was deemed inadequate by Ofsted inspectors earlier this year.

Coun Daley said: “Over the past couple of months I have met with all the schools, governing bodies and head teachers because one of the things we are committed to as an adminstration is to really support education within the wider Berwick area and particularly the high school.

“As you know, it is an academy which we don’t really have any powers over but because of the relationship we have with the Regional Schools Commissioner, we are committed to working and improving it and recent exam results there have shown a positive improvement.

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“We are genuinely committed to working with not just the high school but all the schools in the Berwick partnership because we want – and you deserve – an outstanding education in this part of the world.”

Meanwhile, at a full council meeting it was revealed that developers building new homes in Northumberland have been asked for almost £50million in contributions for education so far this year.

In January, the council introduced a new policy in relation to infrastructure contributions for the likes of schools and GP practices when planning permission is given for new housing schemes. Since then, £11.8million has been secured through legal agreements and a further £35million requested.

Coun Daley said: “This funding will be used to grow capacity in our schools across the county.”