What odd news in today's Thanet Times. It would appear that Dane Court Grammar in Broadstairs is to 'federate' with King Ethelbert School in Westgate under one Governing Body and one head , Mr Paul Luxmore of Dane Court.
For those who are not aware, The Ursuline College and King Ethelbert School share a common boundary and it does beg the question why an Ethelbert/Ursuline 'federation' would not have made more sense?
A lack of KCC Education 'banging heads' together in Westgate seems to be the pattern over the years. Despite becoming a 'Specialist Sports College', Ursuline had lacked playing field space and a Sports Hall, yet the two schools could not appear to share any facilities with the result that both now have big sports halls and masses of under-used playing field space. The new fields between Ethelberts and Birchington have been put down to grass and are awaiting regular use whilst fields at Ethelbert's (between the two schools) have looked more like hay-meadows this summer. Now, we hear that King Ethelbert School is to be federated with Dane Court!
Forgive me for wondering why King Ethelbert and Ursuline are not 'Federating' if this is the way forward? In the meant time, tax payer's money seems to have been spent in Westgate duplicating facilities that could have been shared.