Future being mapped out in 10-year plan

PUBLISHED: 09:30 25 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:32 25 November 2013

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College bosses are drawing up a ten-year plan to develop the college, but are being hampered by the indecision of Whitehall education chiefs.

Exmouth Community College was elevated to the status of ‘academy’ in January 2011, giving college managers more say on the how to spend budgets and its future direction.

At a town council meeting on Monday, college principal Tony Alexander and his deputy David Turner revealed that they were drawing up a 10-year development plan.

Mr Alexander, said: “I have never understood why there has never been a strategy for schools; they have always grown like topsy.

“Put a technology block in and five years later they put a science block in, only to find that it is blocking access to the site.

“So what we are doing is putting together a 10-year plan.

“We have got to know where we are going to put these new facilities as part of the bigger plan so we don’t add a car park which will then prevent development of a new building.”

He said that they were ‘slightly hampered’ because the Department for Education was moving the goalposts as far as the curriculum was concerned.

“We just don’t know whether we need to provide extra science or technology or media,” he said.

“If media is outlawed then the media block could become a technology block, but we are having to wait.

“We are trying to hold all these balls in the air.

“We have to have a plan in order to know where we are going to put these new buildings.”

He appealed to the town council: “You could help us to find some space for the college.”

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