Teacher ready to rock after leaving her school job

Sue Williamson - Director of Tang Hall Rock School

Sue Williamson - Director of Tang Hall Rock School

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The stage is set for a former teacher at a doomed York school to help keep the site alive – as a new home for her own School of Rock.

Sue Williamson taught Music and English at Burnholme Community College for 22 years and fought to defend the place from closure.

But when it was decided the doors should close for good she opted to take redundancy rather than be redeployed to another teaching job in York.

Sue, 50, who lives just around the corner in Hull Road, Tang Hall, has become the first to launch a social enterprise project in her former workplace.

The building is due to be reopened as a new community centre in 2016 and the aim is to keep the site warming, pending the redevelopment.

There are already a number of childcare and sports-related businesses operating out of the college.

But Ms Williamson’s Tang Hall Rock School is the first social enterprise scheme to be launched there, using the music room as its hub.

The School of Rock will be hosting music classes on the site, catering for children with special needs, and putting on gigs.

She said: “I fought the campaign to keep the school open for as long as there was any point to it.

“But with the decision made I thought it was time to do something new.

“I had the choice of taking redundancy or being moved to another York school. But I am not moving.

“After 22 years, the roots go down so far I did not want to pull them up.”

Launching the new project will be a Big Gig taking place on the site on Saturday July 12 from 2pm to 6pm.

As well as being one of 150 such gigs taking place across the country on the same weekend, the event marks the 'reclaiming' of the site for the community and music, she added.

The Rock School, working in partnership with Tang Hall Big Local, has been awarded a grant to unite the community to celebrate local talent.

More than 600 are expected to attend the launch, which will feature at least four hours of music.

Bands or solo artists who would like to take part should contact www.tanghallsmart.com or call 07725997342.

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9:47am Sat 31 May 14

CaroleBaines says...

This is such a good idea - love community minded people who try to enhance the lives of their fellow citizens. The very best of luck.
This is such a good idea - love community minded people who try to enhance the lives of their fellow citizens. The very best of luck. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 32

8:43pm Sat 31 May 14

emmT says...

One of the most inspirational and selfless women, I have met.. Truly a wonderful teacher. She taught all my children, they are now wonderful young people.. good luck..
One of the most inspirational and selfless women, I have met.. Truly a wonderful teacher. She taught all my children, they are now wonderful young people.. good luck.. emmT
  • Score: 14

11:08am Sun 1 Jun 14

TCJYork says...

Hull Road is neither 'just around the corner' nor in Tang Hall. Perhaps the reporter should have a wander up Walmgate and out to Burnholme so they know where they're writing about.
Hull Road is neither 'just around the corner' nor in Tang Hall. Perhaps the reporter should have a wander up Walmgate and out to Burnholme so they know where they're writing about. TCJYork
  • Score: -5

4:34pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Meirion M says...

Burnholme Community School was closed because not enough wanted their children to enrole and attend the school. Simple.
The answers are quite normal.
Burnholme Community School was closed because not enough wanted their children to enrole and attend the school. Simple. The answers are quite normal. Meirion M
  • Score: -22

12:12am Mon 2 Jun 14

eeoodares says...

TCJYork wrote:
Hull Road is neither 'just around the corner' nor in Tang Hall. Perhaps the reporter should have a wander up Walmgate and out to Burnholme so they know where they're writing about.
How would you describe Hull Road in relation to Tang Hall? It is a colloquial norm to describe places in close proximity as ' around the corner' or 'down the road'.
Instead of snide remarks, celebrate something worthwhile in the community!
What is the point in your post?
[quote][p][bold]TCJYork[/bold] wrote: Hull Road is neither 'just around the corner' nor in Tang Hall. Perhaps the reporter should have a wander up Walmgate and out to Burnholme so they know where they're writing about.[/p][/quote]How would you describe Hull Road in relation to Tang Hall? It is a colloquial norm to describe places in close proximity as ' around the corner' or 'down the road'. Instead of snide remarks, celebrate something worthwhile in the community! What is the point in your post? eeoodares
  • Score: 3

6:24am Mon 2 Jun 14

anth!! says...

TCJYork wrote:
Hull Road is neither 'just around the corner' nor in Tang Hall. Perhaps the reporter should have a wander up Walmgate and out to Burnholme so they know where they're writing about.
Fusspot.
[quote][p][bold]TCJYork[/bold] wrote: Hull Road is neither 'just around the corner' nor in Tang Hall. Perhaps the reporter should have a wander up Walmgate and out to Burnholme so they know where they're writing about.[/p][/quote]Fusspot. anth!!
  • Score: 2

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