Chance for last look around Burnholme Community College

Head teacher Simon Gumn with head girl Jessica Williams and head boy George Leatt at Burnholme School. Picture: Nigel Holland.

Head teacher Simon Gumn with head girl Jessica Williams and head boy George Leatt at Burnholme School. Picture: Nigel Holland.

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A SECONDARY school in York is having a final hurrah ahead of its closure.

Burnholme Community College, which currently has just 71 pupils, is planning an open day for pupils and staff past and present next month.

The school is due to close imminently after a phased reduction in pupil numbers over the last two years. Pupils leave next week with Year 9s to go to their new schools and Year 11s will only return to do their remaining exams.

For head teacher Simon Gumn, his staff and pupils at the school, the past two years have been business as usual.

He said: "As much as a school closure can be, it's been a positive experience. The students haven't been disadvantaged in any way. The Year 9s ave done well in their exams and the GCSE results are expected to be good.

"Every student has got somewhere to go and every member of staff who wanted to has gone on to get a job elsewhere. The local authority officers have been great in helping to get jobs for the staff here.

"I am already working as associate principal at Manor CE Academy and will continue there after the summer.

"I don't think any of us are going to forget this time."

The current head girl Jessica Williams, 16, had a tearful exchange with council leader James Alexander when the school closure was announced in 2012.

She said: "At the time, I was quite angry and I told him I wanted the staff and pupils to be treated fairly.

"I think we have been really and obviously now we are all upset that we won't have a school to come back to after the summer, we won't get to come back and see the teachers. It's literally one massive family here, I know it sounds soppy, but it's true."

Head boy George Leatt, 16, said: "People pay a lot of money to get a private education and have the kind of treatment we have had. Because there are far fewer of us, we have had a lot of one-to-one tuition. I will miss the teachers here, they always go the extra mile and have given up a lot of their own time to help us after school."

Jessica is going on to study A-levels at Archbishop Holgate's CE Academy and George is studying hospitality at York College.

On Saturday, June 21 the school is holding an open day for all former students and staff past and present who might like a last look around.

The event runs from 10am and people will be able to tour the building and take a final look before it is decommissioned.

There will be a closing ceremony at 1pm with a balloon release.

Mr Gumn said another lasting legacy of the school is that much of their equipment has been donated to a partner school in Uganda.

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5:55pm Sat 17 May 14

rodney'sdog says...

Ridiculous. Like when Beckfield school closed leaving hundreds of pupils having to take long journeys to the nearest schools.As demand increases schools will need to be rebuilt at a cost of millions. Better to keep this one going and maintained ready for the next baby boom and immigrant influx.
Ridiculous. Like when Beckfield school closed leaving hundreds of pupils having to take long journeys to the nearest schools.As demand increases schools will need to be rebuilt at a cost of millions. Better to keep this one going and maintained ready for the next baby boom and immigrant influx. rodney'sdog
  • Score: -58

10:49pm Sat 17 May 14

oldgoat says...

Queen Anne's was closed in the 1980s, Nunthorpe and Mill Mount were merged, Derwent Secondary Modern was closed.

The message? Its not the first time a school has been closed. Get over it.
Queen Anne's was closed in the 1980s, Nunthorpe and Mill Mount were merged, Derwent Secondary Modern was closed. The message? Its not the first time a school has been closed. Get over it. oldgoat
  • Score: -8

1:39am Sun 18 May 14

Realistic ycfc says...

Obvious solution would be to ban the royals from wasting millions on satisfying their own personal tastes and use the money that we the public generate sensibly, would stop Kate wasting 1.5 mill on fancy extensions to their already oversized living quarters
Obvious solution would be to ban the royals from wasting millions on satisfying their own personal tastes and use the money that we the public generate sensibly, would stop Kate wasting 1.5 mill on fancy extensions to their already oversized living quarters Realistic ycfc
  • Score: -6

1:46am Sun 18 May 14

Realistic ycfc says...

The current head girl Jessica Williams, 16, had a tearful exchange with council leader James Alexander when the school closure was announced in 2012.

I'm sure an agreement could be put in place with the council where the students and parents are charged obscene amounts to use the facilities , could put a charge on anybody who uses bad bargain lane between the hours of. 8-4??!
The current head girl Jessica Williams, 16, had a tearful exchange with council leader James Alexander when the school closure was announced in 2012. I'm sure an agreement could be put in place with the council where the students and parents are charged obscene amounts to use the facilities , could put a charge on anybody who uses bad bargain lane between the hours of. 8-4??! Realistic ycfc
  • Score: -7

8:16am Sun 18 May 14

jonbonce says...

Howe sad, i whent two burnholme an i fort it woz a grate skool, lernt me howe two wright an spell an everyfink.
Howe sad, i whent two burnholme an i fort it woz a grate skool, lernt me howe two wright an spell an everyfink. jonbonce
  • Score: 5

11:42am Sun 18 May 14

yorkandproud says...

Realistic ycfc wrote:
The current head girl Jessica Williams, 16, had a tearful exchange with council leader James Alexander when the school closure was announced in 2012.

I'm sure an agreement could be put in place with the council where the students and parents are charged obscene amounts to use the facilities , could put a charge on anybody who uses bad bargain lane between the hours of. 8-4??!
I'd be tearful too, if I was suddenly brought face to face with James Alexander.
[quote][p][bold]Realistic ycfc[/bold] wrote: The current head girl Jessica Williams, 16, had a tearful exchange with council leader James Alexander when the school closure was announced in 2012. I'm sure an agreement could be put in place with the council where the students and parents are charged obscene amounts to use the facilities , could put a charge on anybody who uses bad bargain lane between the hours of. 8-4??![/p][/quote]I'd be tearful too, if I was suddenly brought face to face with James Alexander. yorkandproud
  • Score: -14

2:13pm Sun 18 May 14

geoff tibletts says...

rodney'sdog wrote:
Ridiculous. Like when Beckfield school closed leaving hundreds of pupils having to take long journeys to the nearest schools.As demand increases schools will need to be rebuilt at a cost of millions. Better to keep this one going and maintained ready for the next baby boom and immigrant influx.
Long journeys to schools like manor which is at the end of beckfield lane must have been a real struggle that
[quote][p][bold]rodney'sdog[/bold] wrote: Ridiculous. Like when Beckfield school closed leaving hundreds of pupils having to take long journeys to the nearest schools.As demand increases schools will need to be rebuilt at a cost of millions. Better to keep this one going and maintained ready for the next baby boom and immigrant influx.[/p][/quote]Long journeys to schools like manor which is at the end of beckfield lane must have been a real struggle that geoff tibletts
  • Score: 7

6:05pm Sun 18 May 14

PKH says...

rodney'sdog wrote:
Ridiculous. Like when Beckfield school closed leaving hundreds of pupils having to take long journeys to the nearest schools.As demand increases schools will need to be rebuilt at a cost of millions. Better to keep this one going and maintained ready for the next baby boom and immigrant influx.
The reason the school is closing is that too many parents in the catchment area decided to send their children to schools further away, meaning the number of pupils left made the school unsustainable, it is sad this has happened, but for once it is not the councils fault.
[quote][p][bold]rodney'sdog[/bold] wrote: Ridiculous. Like when Beckfield school closed leaving hundreds of pupils having to take long journeys to the nearest schools.As demand increases schools will need to be rebuilt at a cost of millions. Better to keep this one going and maintained ready for the next baby boom and immigrant influx.[/p][/quote]The reason the school is closing is that too many parents in the catchment area decided to send their children to schools further away, meaning the number of pupils left made the school unsustainable, it is sad this has happened, but for once it is not the councils fault. PKH
  • Score: 11

6:19pm Sun 18 May 14

MouseHouse says...

Realistic ycfc wrote:
Obvious solution would be to ban the royals from wasting millions on satisfying their own personal tastes and use the money that we the public generate sensibly, would stop Kate wasting 1.5 mill on fancy extensions to their already oversized living quarters
I'm taking your comment at face value. I agree totally. Plenty of money for the Windsors and nuclear submarines. No money for things that work.
[quote][p][bold]Realistic ycfc[/bold] wrote: Obvious solution would be to ban the royals from wasting millions on satisfying their own personal tastes and use the money that we the public generate sensibly, would stop Kate wasting 1.5 mill on fancy extensions to their already oversized living quarters[/p][/quote]I'm taking your comment at face value. I agree totally. Plenty of money for the Windsors and nuclear submarines. No money for things that work. MouseHouse
  • Score: 5

7:18pm Sun 18 May 14

janice gray says...

Queen Anne's school didn't close down as such, it changed from being a Grammar School to a Comprehensive and pupils from Canon Lee then attended.
I also,went to Beckfield and visited the school a few weeks before it was demolished for housing. It was sad to see it so run down, with broken windows and classroom doors hanging off. I still have friends who went there, 50 years on!
Queen Anne's school didn't close down as such, it changed from being a Grammar School to a Comprehensive and pupils from Canon Lee then attended. I also,went to Beckfield and visited the school a few weeks before it was demolished for housing. It was sad to see it so run down, with broken windows and classroom doors hanging off. I still have friends who went there, 50 years on! janice gray
  • Score: 6

11:44am Mon 19 May 14

mr mylo says...

such a shame to close a proper school where all the pupils knew all the teachers ,and all the teachers knew all the pupils and their parents .my two sons went there and before them my mother who was one of the first pupils there .the teachers were good if you had a problem they sorted it for you.both my sons have fond memories
such a shame to close a proper school where all the pupils knew all the teachers ,and all the teachers knew all the pupils and their parents .my two sons went there and before them my mother who was one of the first pupils there .the teachers were good if you had a problem they sorted it for you.both my sons have fond memories mr mylo
  • Score: -3

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