Council officers 'kept in the dark' over sixth form closure in Culcheth

Council officers 'kept in the dark' over sixth form closure in Culcheth

Council officers 'kept in the dark' over sixth form closure in Culcheth

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COUNCIL officers were in the dark about what was happening at Culcheth Sixth Form before governors announced plans for its closure, says Warrington North MP Helen Jones.

Information revealed in a Freedom of Information request by Clr Chris Vobe (Culcheth, Glazebury and Croft - LAB) shows that officers were unaware of what action governors were being taken to sustain the sixth form.

In an email from the executive director of families and wellbeing Kath O’Dwyer to the operational director for children and young people’s universal services Sarah Callaghan and service manager, 11 to 19 attainment division, Jacky Forster on January 21, she enquired about ‘a quick process’ to consider the governors’ actions.

Clr Vobe said: “The emails disclosed to me by Warrington Council are staggering in their blunt revelation of the fact that officers were totally unaware of what actions had been taken to promote and sustain Culcheth Sixth Form in recent years.

“It boils down to the fact that officers have woefully taken their eye off the ball, and have let down students across my ward.”

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7:47am Wed 19 Mar 14

Nick Tessla says...

Nice shifting of any blame.

What is the excuse of those in the Labour government that was in power when they decided to spend millions of pounds at Culcheth via the Building Schools for the future programme - the only school in Warrington to benefit from that wasteful, bureaucratic programme.

Expenditure vocally backed by Ms Jones and Chris Vobe, in his pre-councillor days.
Nice shifting of any blame. What is the excuse of those in the Labour government that was in power when they decided to spend millions of pounds at Culcheth via the Building Schools for the future programme - the only school in Warrington to benefit from that wasteful, bureaucratic programme. Expenditure vocally backed by Ms Jones and Chris Vobe, in his pre-councillor days. Nick Tessla
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12:29pm Wed 19 Mar 14

HappyMisery says...

Doesn't alter the fact that the school don't have to involve the council until they declare their position - closing the sixth form. How did the LEA miss this? That would be a more worthwhile story.
Doesn't alter the fact that the school don't have to involve the council until they declare their position - closing the sixth form. How did the LEA miss this? That would be a more worthwhile story. HappyMisery
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8:35pm Wed 19 Mar 14

mac says...

As I recall, the building schools money was spent exclusively on Culcheth by the Lib Dem/Tory coalition that was running Warrington at the time.
As I recall, the building schools money was spent exclusively on Culcheth by the Lib Dem/Tory coalition that was running Warrington at the time. mac
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7:08am Thu 20 Mar 14

Nick Tessla says...

mac wrote:
As I recall, the building schools money was spent exclusively on Culcheth by the Lib Dem/Tory coalition that was running Warrington at the time.
Building Schools for the Future was nothing to do with the local administration - it was the work of the national government - the national Labour government at the time.
[quote][p][bold]mac[/bold] wrote: As I recall, the building schools money was spent exclusively on Culcheth by the Lib Dem/Tory coalition that was running Warrington at the time.[/p][/quote]Building Schools for the Future was nothing to do with the local administration - it was the work of the national government - the national Labour government at the time. Nick Tessla
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4:09pm Fri 21 Mar 14

mac says...

Nick Tessla wrote:
mac wrote:
As I recall, the building schools money was spent exclusively on Culcheth by the Lib Dem/Tory coalition that was running Warrington at the time.
Building Schools for the Future was nothing to do with the local administration - it was the work of the national government - the national Labour government at the time.
Yes, the Labour government gave Warrington the money, but, it was the Lib/Tory alliance that spent it.
[quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mac[/bold] wrote: As I recall, the building schools money was spent exclusively on Culcheth by the Lib Dem/Tory coalition that was running Warrington at the time.[/p][/quote]Building Schools for the Future was nothing to do with the local administration - it was the work of the national government - the national Labour government at the time.[/p][/quote]Yes, the Labour government gave Warrington the money, but, it was the Lib/Tory alliance that spent it. mac
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5:24pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Nick Tessla says...

mac wrote:
Nick Tessla wrote:
mac wrote:
As I recall, the building schools money was spent exclusively on Culcheth by the Lib Dem/Tory coalition that was running Warrington at the time.
Building Schools for the Future was nothing to do with the local administration - it was the work of the national government - the national Labour government at the time.
Yes, the Labour government gave Warrington the money, but, it was the Lib/Tory alliance that spent it.
It was the school that spent it.
[quote][p][bold]mac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mac[/bold] wrote: As I recall, the building schools money was spent exclusively on Culcheth by the Lib Dem/Tory coalition that was running Warrington at the time.[/p][/quote]Building Schools for the Future was nothing to do with the local administration - it was the work of the national government - the national Labour government at the time.[/p][/quote]Yes, the Labour government gave Warrington the money, but, it was the Lib/Tory alliance that spent it.[/p][/quote]It was the school that spent it. Nick Tessla
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