Filey school holiday boost on the agenda

Filey School
Filey School

Filey parents could find it 
easier to take their children away on holiday, under proposals floated by the trust set to take over the town’s secondary school.

A review of term times has been floated by the Ebor Academy Trust, as part of an “eight-point action plan” for the struggling school.

The proposed term time changes would be implemented with the aim of trying to “ease holiday planning”.

The idea is part of a planned major revamp for the school, which will include the establishment being renamed Ebor Academy Filey when the York-based trust takes over on June 1.

Other proposals include refresher courses for staff to “top up” their knowledge, in a bid to try to improve performance at the school, which was placed in special measures last year.

There will also be a transport review, with a new bus service to taxi Bempton pupils.

Parents won’t be forced to pay out for new uniform, with the trust promising to provide all pupils – including new starters – with a new blazer and tie.

“We want to send out a clear message that Filey School is changing for the better and there is a lot to get excited about,” Ebor’s director of education, Richard Ludlow, said.

“Changing the name is just the start of a process that will transform secondary education in Filey.

“We are ambitious for the school and its students.”

Several of the eight points have already been announced by the trust, ahead of its take-over.

These include an overhaul of the IT system, with £80,000 splashed out on state-of-the-art equipment and computers.

The library is also being refurbished, with the added investment of an “innovation centre” at the Muston Road 
site.

One parent told the Mercury: “Holidays have been a problem for a lot of the parents, so anything to make it easier for us would be appreciated.

“The fact they are looking at improving teaching is really reassuring too, as the Ofsted report highlighted it needs work.”