PLANS for a secondary school and sixth form college to work together will increase chances of youngsters staying and working in Gosport, the new headteacher has said.
As reported in The News, principal of St Vincent College Di Lloyd is due to retire in April.
After that, Ian Potter, headteacher of Bay House School, will take charge of both the school and the college as part of a strategic alliance.
Ms Lloyd said: ‘I have always said I would retire this year.
‘Over the past five years it’s become clear to me that institutions are going to be more successful and be able to deliver better for their communities if they are working in partnership.’
Mr Potter said: ‘The young people of Gosport will benefit from more effective and more efficient management of education provision.
‘It’s a bold decision made by St Vincent with the retirement of their principal to work with Bay House for the good of the town.’
Ms Lloyd added: ‘It became very clear that Ian was having similar thoughts about the potential for a strategic alliance.
‘We are at the beginning of this journey. We want to make it clear that it’s important that the two institutions work on this together so that what comes out of it is something that everybody in both of our communities will see.
‘It’s about our communities coming together for the benefit of Gosport learners.’
Mr Potter will split his time between both institutions.
He added: ‘Both Bay House and St Vincent have committed themselves to trying to achieve a way of working together strategically to improve things for learners across the whole of the town.
‘I’m very excited by the opportunity that it presents and enthusiastic about the responsibility that I will have with an executive overview of that strategic alliance.
‘The way it will benefit students in the long term is that more will find that they are staying in Gosport for their learning when they finish their GCSEs.
‘We look forward to more learners in Gosport engaging with businesses in Gosport.
‘Gosport’s future is about people feeling they don’t have to leave the town for their learning and to work.’
Ms Lloyd said: ‘I am delighted to be able to retire with this happening.’