Marsden Heights Community College celebrates first awards night

Prizegiving evening at Marsden Heights Community College in Nelson.'Photo Ben Parsons
Prizegiving evening at Marsden Heights Community College in Nelson.'Photo Ben Parsons

A PENDLE college’s learning community is built on “undeniably firm” foundations, its headteacher told the annual awards evening.

Marsden Heights Community College, Nelson, head Mr Mike Tull told those at the presentation – the first of its kind to be held in the new college – that he was “most proud of the achievement of the young people whose success we are here to celebrate”.

The college, he said, had undergone a recent inspection by Ofsted and a draft report – the full version is out in a few weeks – spoke in “glowing terms” of the ethos, atmosphere and relationships, which characterise the Edge End Lane college.

Mr Tull added: “I cannot let our achievements to date, and the other future progress which will undoubtedly follow as we continue to follow our vision, building on all of our past successes, without a brief comment on the national context within which we work.

“The Building Schools for the Future programme, resulting in this fantastic new building, has been taken at its word and we have built and will continue to build our school for the future.

“It is worthy of note that the funding for the next phase of BSF has now been cut, and the importance of our rock-solid foundations, both physically and educationally, will be crucial to our survival in the new educational landscape.

“The future of education in this country is characterised by shifting sands as new targets, new expectations, new restrictions, financial cuts, a new Ofsted framework, the English Baccalaureate, free schools, academies, technical colleges and studio schools come into play, not to mention the abolition of the Education Maintenance Allowance for 16 to 19-year-old students.

“Your children, our students, have laid their firm foundation for their futures at Marsden Heights Community College.

“And as a result, they have played their part in laying the educational foundation for our future development as an 11-16 college.

“Everyone in this building tonight is, therefore, the builder of a school for the future; parents, students, staff, governors and honoured guests alike.”