PUBLISHED: 11:22 22 December 2011
In connection with the article, ‘Rolle set back but not a show-stopper’, which appeared in last week’s Journal, I would like to make the following brief points.
The order of events in the saga of Rolle College and the community college is, I believe, as follows:
● the community college was promised funding by Devon County Council and began negotiations to buy or lease parts of the Rolle College site
● the Conservatives gained control of Devon County Council and the funding was withdrawn
● the college had to abandon its plans for the Rolle College site
● the Coalition Government promised significant additional funding for schools which sought and gained academy status
● the community college became an academy and persevered with its efforts to use the Rolle College site
● the additional funding has been so significantly reduced that the academy cannot proceed with its bid.
The results of this shameless breaking of promises by the county council and the Government are that Exmouth does not have a local secondary school which is locally accountable and the community at large will not benefit from the school’s plans for using the Rolle site.
I would like to stress the admiration which is felt for all at the school, whether staff or students, who have achieved so much together.
I think it is disgraceful that these students and those who will attend the school in the future will be denied the use of Rolle College’s extensive facilities.
Chair, East Devon Constituency Labour Party.