EDUCATION: Our school needs help

A letter to Damian Hinds, Secretary for Education.

Saturday, 19th May 2018, 6:26 am

I have read of £50million being allotted to selective schools to fund thousands of extra places.

I implore you to consider the position of our one and only secondary school in Berwick-upon-Tweed.

For too long it has been failing the children of our historic, beautiful and much loved town.

This year the school has reached rock bottom after Ofsted declared it to be far below standard and placed it in special measures, although the fact that it became an academy a few years ago appears to create a difficulty.

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The next nearest secondary school in north Northumberland at Alnwick involves a 60-mile round daily bus trip, an unacceptable distance for young students and one which many adults would balk at.

Berwick-upon-Tweed is in urgent need of help to resolve the state of its secondary education.

As I began this letter, I implore you to help.

Susan Hughes