Last bell for school

PUBLISHED: 11:51 20 July 2006 | UPDATED: 10:31 06 May 2010

Staff and students on the final day at Collenswood School

Staff and students on the final day at Collenswood School

A STRUGGLING school closed its doors on Monday after more than 40 years. Collenswood School in Stevenage marked the end of an era by holding a celebration of performing arts event and every pupil, member of staff and governor was given a commemorative mug

A toast from head Dr Jenny Francis

A STRUGGLING school closed its doors on Monday after more than 40 years.

Collenswood School in Stevenage marked the end of an era by holding a celebration of performing arts event and every pupil, member of staff and governor was given a commemorative mug with the school's logo.

In September the Collenswood pupils will join up with Barnwell School.

Headteacher Dr Jenny Francis said: "Obviously it's an emotional time for us, and I've been impressed with the commitment of staff right the way through. We're doing all we can to work very positively with everyone at Barnwell to ensure this transition is a success for the whole community."

The expanded Barnwell will initially use the two school sites - with the majority of Collenswood pupils staying on at the re-named Barnwell East, while the incoming Year 7 and the sixth form will be based at Barnwell West along with the existing Barnwell students.

A parents' association will be formed at Barnwell in September and the team of governors will be reconstituted so that Collenswood parents can put themselves forward.

The schools have been working towards a smooth transition, and Barnwell headteacher Richard Westergreen-Thorne has been meeting new pupils and parents.

He said: "Parents and students seem ready for the change and want to make it a success."

David Lloyd, the county's executive member for education, said: "The last few months have been challenging for both schools, but I've been impressed by the way everyone has been working together and strongly believe this transition is in the interests of all the children at Barnwell and Collenswood.


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