The campaign to retain secondary education in Shildon received a significant and welcome boost today (18 Feb) as Shildon Town Council declared its support for a new-build Sunnydale School and launched a survey to ask all residents and young people to express their views.
A spokesperson for the Town Council said: “Shildon Town Council has been in discussion with Durham County Council since early 2020 regarding the outcome of the condition survey undertaken on the Sunnydale School site and the future of secondary education in Shildon.
“At present no decision has been taken by Durham County Council and Greenfield Community College regarding the future of the Shildon site and in any event there would need to be a formal consultation process undertaken.
“Shildon Town Council would wish to see a new, high quality secondary school built in Shildon to educate and inspire the young people of our town and the surrounding area.
“Therefore, the Town Council wants to gather the views of the community to be advised of the strength of feeling to keep secondary education in Shildon for our young people.
“Shildon Town Council is not the designated Education Authority and, therefore, has no powers over delivery of education services but has a role to represent the views of the community.”
In the introduction to the online survey, detailing the vision and rationale for the new school, they add: “The school will be modern, it will be well led to inspire children to achieve and realise their full potential.
“A significant number of children in our town come from homes where there is high deprivation and a lack of aspiration; we want to nurture these children and help them to aspire and learn so that they can become fulfilled and enriched.
“We want them to feel a sense of pride in their town, and we believe that by giving them a brand new facility that can be utilised alongside existing facilities such as the Athletics Track and the Leisure Centre will enhance their prospects in life and will encourage healthier and happier lifestyles.”
The Council is asking as many residents and young people as possible to complete the survey and submit to the Town Council by 15th March, 2021.