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Ambler County Council Report July 2011

By the time you read this the school summer break will be almost over.  There is no doubt that these are challenging times for all of them.  Budget pressures, falling school rolls, and massive changes in national education policy each have an impact.  As County Councillor I have always taken a very active interest in our schools; Children’s Services continues to be my main area of responsibility within the County Council.

The best chance in education is so important for all our young people

I have particularly enjoyed visits to Amble First and Amble Links First.  It is a joy to see the energy and enthusiasm of our youngest children and the dedication of the staff teams supporting them.

Coquet High has become James Calvert Spence College during the last school year and work is now well in hand to take forward the merger of Druridge and Amble Middle Schools.  I met the Executive Head of the College, Christine Graham to discuss the situation as the merger moves forward.  She has always impressed me with her determination and clear focus.  She is very ambitious to create a learning environment which will deliver for the students in her care.  She stressed that September will bring a new start for everyone involved in the College.

Rightly, there has been careful planning, appropriate support for the children most immediately affected, and remodelling of the Amble Middle School site.

I will do whatever I can to offer support to the College and to all of our local schools.

I hope we can all enjoy the summer break – whatever the weather!

Robert Arckless

Telephone: 01665 711938