Cottingham school suddenly closes and moves to Scunthorpe

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LadyKiwi
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Cottingham school suddenly closes and moves to Scunthorpe

Post by LadyKiwi » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:18 pm

Cottingham school suddenly closes and moves to Scunthorpe
And residents are now worried the school building will be demolished


Cottingham residents say they’re concerned about the future of an historic school building which is being emptied before its pupils and staff move to a new site more than 20 miles away.

The former Hallgate Junior School site, which became a Christian school nine years ago, is now closed after the trust that run it upped sticks and moved it to Scunthorpe.

The independent school, which is one of a number of Plymouth Brethren Christian Church schools in the UK, closed its doors for the final time on Friday before it will open up in its new location in September.

The Focus School Cottingham Campus, which is run by North Moor Educational Trust , used to be located in Dunswell Road before expanding into new premises in Hallgate in the village centre. However, the final lesson has now been taught there, leaving a vacuum in the historic heart of Cottingham.

Councillor Ros Jump, who represents Cottingham North on East Riding of Yorkshire Council, says she is concerned the building could be set for demolition if new owners are not found and fears how that would change the village’s landscape.

“I’ve got awful thoughts that it is going to be demolished,” the independent councillor said.

“It would be tragic to lose it if it was demolished. It would change the scenery horrendously if it wasn’t there.

“Whatever happens there will be governed by the proximity to the grade one listed church.

"You just have to hope that something sensitive is done and sanity prevails and we don't get a monster on our doorstep.”

The "commercial decision" was made to try and centralise the school around its students, many of who live in Lincolnshire, according to Jeremy Lant from the trust’s campus administration team.

Bryan Milsted’s house overlooks the school and says he is worried what will happen to the school site when it becomes empty and feels that more should have been done to keep residents in the loop.

“I think in regard to the brethren, I’m very disappointed because Cottingham itself has done them proud,” the neighbour said.

“Not to tell Cottingham people what they’re doing is insulting and disrespectful after we were so good to them for eight years.

“We have no information about who they’ve sold it to. We had no notification about it being up for sale.”

Another male resident, who did not want to be named agreed. He said: “We were just concerned we had heard nothing as to what is happening.

“One minute they are here and next minute they’re gone.

“It’s part of Cottingham’s history is that school and we just want to find out what is happening and keep us updated.”

The school, which educates 110 pupils, aged from seven to 18, and employs 24 members of staff, has finally left the old Victorian buildings opposite St Mary’s Church, having originally being set to move across to the south bank last year.

At the time, the Scunthorpe Telegraph reported that a two-storey centre on the Kingsway in the town had been chosen to allow a more open-plan approach.

Scunthorpe had been chosen as a more centralised location for the school, which also takes in pupils from Lincoln and Grimsby.

Explaining the decision, Jeremy Lant from the trust’s campus administration team said: “It’s very simple. Our catchment area has expanded so we’re moving towards Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire.

“It has been something we have been working towards. We didn’t realise it would happen quite so soon.

“Obviously you understand, it is a commercial decision.

“With regard to the Hallgate school, it is on the market but there’s nothing definite on it.”

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fisherman
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Re: Cottingham school suddenly closes and moves to Scunthorpe

Post by fisherman » Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:15 pm

‘Obviously you understand,it’s a commercial decision’...isn’t EVERYTHING in the EB a ‘commercial decision’?....what continues to amaze me is how quickly ( in just three generations) the EB went from a faith based church when they were once known and well reguarded ,for their simple piety and good testimony to a profit motivated commercial system,once soundly denounced as ‘evil’...somehow I doubt that the ‘great commission’ going into the whole world sharing the ‘good news’ that Jesus set up meant ‘commissions’...and ‘my fathers business’ had nothing to do with making money....makes you wonder,are these people even Christians?(beyond in name only,for tax purposes)

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Re: Cottingham school suddenly closes and moves to Scunthorpe

Post by The Questioner » Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:49 pm

.......in just three generations) the EB went from a faith based church when they were once known and well reguarded ,for their simple piety and good testimony......
Spurgeon and others might not share that view!

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Re: Cottingham school suddenly closes and moves to Scunthorpe

Post by fisherman » Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:34 pm

I am well aware that the brethren were becoming increasingly parochial but still faith based under JTsr who refused FERs teaching that ‘there could be no such thing as a ‘special fellowship within a fellowship’ but there was a radical shift away from ‘faith based’ under JTjr.to the point that to the casual observer it is non existent today.’Money talks’ I guess...

I believe much of the brethren’s woes can be attributed to the ‘one man ministry’ and ‘universal fellowship’ that had no checks or balances ,no accountability and no firewalls to contain damage.In short,a disaster waiting to happen..low hanging fruit ripe for the plucking to wolves in sheeps clothing looking to get rich

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