New term begins following school merger

Scarborough College Open Day'Bramcote Junior School headteacher Dan Davey outside the schools new home at Scarborough College'Picture by Neil Silk  123622a'05/08/12
Scarborough College Open Day'Bramcote Junior School headteacher Dan Davey outside the schools new home at Scarborough College'Picture by Neil Silk 123622a'05/08/12
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A new era is under way this week for two Scarborough schools which have completed a merger process.

Scarborough College and Bramcote Schools, both in Filey Road, decided to join forces earlier this year.

With the new term having started on Monday, pupils from Bramcote have now been welcomed onto the Scarborough College site.

The junior school has been renamed Bramcote Junior School and new signs have been put up, showing a redesigned crest using elements from both schools.

Junior school headteacher Dan Davey said: “It’s going fantastically well. We have a superb team of staff with a shared vision.

“We can do all the parts of the educational process that we want to do.”

He explained that the school is able to offer a full range of sports and after-school activities.

All students now have the benefit of the swimming pool, sports hall and field on the Bramcote site.

Mr Davey added: “It’s about using the environment to offer the full breadth of education and opportunities.”

Scarborough College headteacher Isobel Nixon explained that staff on both sites had been working together closely to ensure a smooth transition.

She said: “The staff from Bramcote have all come with an enormously positive attitude.

“We have made big efforts since February to make sure they’re on board, with an induction week held in August.”

Mrs Nixon added: “I hope people feel things have been dealt with sensitively and with pride.

“These are two schools with 100 years of history each. It’s not about Scarborough College swallowing up another school.”

As part of the transition, Bramcote’s honours boards have been put up in the entrance to Scarborough College’s Lisvane Hall.

Mrs Nixon said: “The intention and the actuality is that we’re weaving the history of one school into another.

“I hope that past pupils will feel that their school has been honoured.”

Mrs Nixon explained that some parents and former pupils were nervous, as the schools had been considered as rivals in the past.

But she said that once people had started to perceive the school as a whole, that anxieties had been put to rest.

Many benefits, Mrs Nixon explained, will come about from the schools having a “shared history and shared future”.

She said: “Scarborough College didn’t have a sports hall before and that would have been a big capital investment for us.

“Bramcote has a superb sports hall and field, which has given us more scope.

“We can also put swimming on our programme and we’ve also brought over some extremely good staff.”

Headboy Philip Adams, 17, went to Bramcote from age nine to 13 and is now a sixth former at Scarborough College.

He said: “I think it’s good that they’ve joined.

“Bramcote’s a great school and it’s good that it has not lost its history and that the name will keep going.

“I think this way people will get the best of both worlds.”