Transport cuts could lead to gains for catchment schools says school head

A CARTERTON headteacher has backed the planned changes to school bus transport, saying they could lead to new teachers, curriculum and sixth form.

Headteachers and parents have previously hit out at the plans by Oxfordshire County Council and said they could lead to fewer teachers and schools closing as student numbers fell.

But Carterton Community College headteacher Niall McWilliams has now backed the plans – the first in Oxfordshire to do so.

He said: “The community college has always had to struggle to access resources, gain respect and has had to battle against prejudice.

“All Carterton Community College wants is an equal chance to improve and the new proposals provide one step in the right direction.

“The inequality of ‘catchment areas’ sees numbers of pupils bussed long distances to go to other secondary schools. Such decisions have reduced the resources of the college for more than 25 years.”

Mr McWilliams said the proposals could “potentially” fill the 360 places, allow the school – rated “good” by Ofsted – to employ an additional 10 or 12 teachers, widen the curriculum and create a sixth form.

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2:23pm Wed 3 Jul 13

West Oxon Webwatcher says...

The question to be asked is "Why do so many Carterton area families want to send their children to schools other than at Carterton?"
The question to be asked is "Why do so many Carterton area families want to send their children to schools other than at Carterton?" West Oxon Webwatcher

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