Essex education boss issues statement on SFG College

Education: Secondary / Wed 30th Aug 2023 at 01:52pm

JUST in case you wondered, it is Essex County Council who are in charge of education for Harlow.

The portfolio holder for education is called Tony Ball. As we hadn’t actually heard from him regarding the problems with Sir Frederick Gibberd College, we invited him to comment.

Councillor Tony Ball, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Education Excellence, Lifelong Learning and Employability, said: “We have been working at pace with the Department for Education (DfE) and the BMAT Education Trust in order to restore in-person learning for all pupils of Sir Frederick Gibberd College as soon as possible at the start of the Autumn term. Our role is to support the Trust and DfE in the emergency planning work currently underway to ensure that all pupils can access face to face education in alternative accommodation as soon as possible.

“Temporary arrangements for the start of the term in September are currently being finalised. Education provision will be provided at the Trust’s Mark Hall Academy as well as from temporary classrooms at the Frederick Gibberd College site. Free transport for pupils will be provided where required. All parents and carers have been communicated with directly and will continue to be provided with updates.

“We know this is an unsettling time for children and their parents and carers and appreciate their understanding and patience while plans are being finalised.”

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2 Comments for Essex education boss issues statement on SFG College:

Just a concerned parent
2023-08-30 21:54:31

My main concern will be the pupils trying to concentrate with building work being carried out

Another concerned parent
2023-08-31 05:48:13

Not wanting to diss any of the good hard work, put into helping what is a poor situation. Temporary exhibition huts erected outside, how safe are these in high winds / snow basically inclement weather if any kind, agains the words cited for the main buildings. How acoustically insulated are they from the one next door. I am sure there are many other questions.

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