Extra scrutiny for St Bede’s closure

Executive head teacher of the Witham Schools Federation Adrian Reed is looking to the future of his school and said the call in was 'part of the democratic process'. NA

Executive head teacher of the Witham Schools Federation Adrian Reed is looking to the future of his school and said the call in was 'part of the democratic process'. NA

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THE decision to close St Bede’s Catholic Science College and expand Haven High Technology College onto the site has been delayed after a call-in by county councillors.

Executive head teacher of the Witham Schools Federation, Adrian Reed, had cause to celebrate after the decision was made last Tuesday at a meeting of Lincolnshire County Council. He has recently laid out his 140 page, five-year plan for the future.

It included more than £350,000 worth of investment in design and technology, ICT equipment and infrastructure and dining facilities in the first year alone.

He said: “We want to raise standards and opportunities for the young people of Boston from the ages of 0-16 here in the heart of the town.”

However, Couns Chris Brewis, John Hicks and Marianne Overton have called in the decision.

The councillors stated in the relevant documents that they recognised their decision may cause a small delay in the course of action.

However, they they felt it was ‘worth a second look at whether the options have been properly appraised in the interests of the children, first and foremost and to make sure parental consultation has been properly considered’.

They further added they believed an option which would see The Giles School at Old Leake take over would be ‘better for the education of the children of Boston’.

Mr Reed, however, said: “It is part of the democratic process.

“The main thing is that it wasn’t called in by any Boston councillors.”

The decision comes as an Ofsted monitoring inspection has declared progress by St Bede’s as ‘satisfactory’.

The call-in is now due to be considered at a LCC Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee on June 30.