Lincolnshire school will not join Louth academy

A Lincolnshire school that had expressed interest in a Louth academy has pulled out of the scheme.

Birkbeck School in North Somercotes had originally considered supporting a plan which would have combined four schools and a college in a single academy.

Headteacher Linda Dobson now said their site was too far from the other schools.

Chris Rolph, executive head teacher of Monks' Dyke and Tennyson schools, said talks were still in the early stages.

'Pooling resources'

Mrs Dobson said: "It would mean transporting students and staff for up to half an hour from our site.

"We are such a high achieving school. We are big enough to achieve and small enough to care."

Mr Rolph said an academy would improve the education for students at all the schools - Cordeaux and Monks' Dyke schools in Louth, Tennyson school in Mablethorpe and the Wolds College in Louth.

"By pooling our resources, we can maintain the sites... but still give them a huge range of curriculum choice.

"It is not fair that your postcode determines the kind of education that you have," he said.

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