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Don’t miss out on the chance to have a say as Hemel Hempstead secondary schools ponder Co-op plan

Head teachers of Longdean, Adeyfield and Astley Cooper schools. From left: Graham Cunningham, Scott Martin and Eddie Gaynor.

Head teachers of Longdean, Adeyfield and Astley Cooper schools. From left: Graham Cunningham, Scott Martin and Eddie Gaynor.

There’s still time to share your comments and concerns on proposals to create the first co-operative education trust in West Herts.

A series of meetings for school staff, parents and the public were held this week on the plans, which would see Hemel Hempstead’s Adeyfield, Astley Cooper and Longdean schools working in even closer collaboration, providing greater opportunities for pupils in areas including social and community skills and preparing for the world of work.

Over the course of the meetings – held at all three establishments on Monday and Tuesday – more than 300 people were consulted, including student council groups from each school.

The Co-operative College’s London and South East manager Jon O’Connor, acting as an advisor for what would be the East Dacorum Co-operative Learning Partnership, spoke to a small turnout of people at the public talk. He said: “This has to be about school performance – the reason for doing it is for the benefit of the kids.

“There is a beneficial impact on behaviour, attitudes to learning, teamwork and relationships – things that somehow aren’t examinable but are crucial.”

Head teachers Eddie Gaynor of Astley Cooper, Graham Cunningham of Longdean and Scott Martin of Adeyfield all spoke of their hopes for the project to go ahead in June. Mr Martin said: “We are stronger together than we are apart. The world and educational landscape is changing, and our young people need to be better prepared for that.”

Visit the schools’ websites for more information and to share views before the consultation closes next Wednesday.

Click here to read more on the proposals by Astley Cooper’s Mr Gaynor.

 

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