Former stockbroker to take reigns at controversial Burnley High School

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Dawn Forshaw Dawn Forshaw

A CONTROVERSIAL new school has revealed the headteacher who will take the helm if the school goes ahead.

The proposed Burnley High School will be managed by former Wellfield School headteacher Dawn Forshaw, if it gets approval to open this September.

Mrs Forshaw, 54, a former high school teacher and stockbroker, said the aim of the school was to provide project-based learning over traditional methods.

She added that the church-ethos school, which would have 90 Year 7 places available but ultimately see 700 pupils including 200 sixth formers, was also welcome to those of all faiths and those of no faith.

The school has attracted opposition with faith groups, teachers and also representatives of major teaching unions joining with Burnley Council to oppose the free school scheme.

However the married mum-of-one, who has 20 years’ teaching experience, said she was undaunted.

Speaking to the Lancashire Teleg-raph, she said: “Everyone who has opposed the scheme appears not to have school age children in the area. Where you have parents who are looking for more options, they are welcoming us with open arms.”

Originally from Maghull, near Liverpool, she read economics at Hull University before taking a PGCE in the subject, along with PE. She has worked as a secondary teacher in Hull and Berkshire before working as a stockbroker in Manchester and Liverpool for 15 years.

When she started a family she became a primary school teacher in East Lancashire and has worked at St Paul’s in Nelson and St Leonard’s in Padiham where she undertook deputy and acting head roles before becoming headteacher at Wellfield.

Concern over the effect on school places is something she says the Department for Education will take into account.

She hopes to focus on project- based learning, which uses real-world examples to teach skills.

She said: “This school will be very different but not weird, as some think. Project-based learning is backed up by the research and motivates the children.”

The news comes after the ‘preferred’ site for the scheme was revealed as the former Habergham High School, in Byron Street. The proposal from the Life Church Burnley, Community Solutions Lancash-ire and the Chapel Street Schools Trust is now under a statutory process between Lancashire County Council and the Department for Education.

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8:57am Sat 1 Mar 14

DaveBurnley says...

Why emphasise 'former stockbroker' in the headline? Surely the fact that she is a former headteacher would have been more relevant.
Why emphasise 'former stockbroker' in the headline? Surely the fact that she is a former headteacher would have been more relevant. DaveBurnley
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12:10pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Mrpipinfort says...

I had the pleasure to speak with Mrs Forshaw at one of the Burnley High School open evenings.I found her passion for education & learning infectious & so,it seemed,did the children in attendance.Her reputation & track record speaks for itself.Mrs Forshaw is also held in high regard amongst parents of the children she has taught in her past schools especially St Leonard's in Padiham & Wellfield.Since Mrs Forshaws appointment many parents with children at her former schools have expressed interest in sending the children to Burnley High School in the coming years.
I had the pleasure to speak with Mrs Forshaw at one of the Burnley High School open evenings.I found her passion for education & learning infectious & so,it seemed,did the children in attendance.Her reputation & track record speaks for itself.Mrs Forshaw is also held in high regard amongst parents of the children she has taught in her past schools especially St Leonard's in Padiham & Wellfield.Since Mrs Forshaws appointment many parents with children at her former schools have expressed interest in sending the children to Burnley High School in the coming years. Mrpipinfort
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11:32pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Pendlesider says...

Quote" the proposed headteacher MS. Forshaw said " Everyone who has opposed the scheme appears not to have school age children in the area".
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Really? it 'appears' the above statement has no foundation in truth since why would respondants reply if the survey wasn't relevant to them?
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Ironically, Ms Forshaw avoids answering the subject of the effect on school places this additional school may have by diverting the subject to the Department for Education.
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Seemingly a poor communicator, Ms Forshaw, apparently promotes something (project -based learning) that nobody has ever heard of?
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to answer DaveBurnley' s question: Education nowadays is big business and pays very well, as anyone who knows the market understands.
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the main factor here is Burnley has half empty schools (such as sir john thursbys that cost £21m to build). Yet here we are again throwing money at a ludicrous idea of a new way of learning (that has no evidence base) to prop up a derelict school on kiddrow lane that should have been demolished years ago...
Quote" the proposed headteacher MS. Forshaw said " Everyone who has opposed the scheme appears not to have school age children in the area". . Really? it 'appears' the above statement has no foundation in truth since why would respondants reply if the survey wasn't relevant to them? . Ironically, Ms Forshaw avoids answering the subject of the effect on school places this additional school may have by diverting the subject to the Department for Education. . Seemingly a poor communicator, Ms Forshaw, apparently promotes something (project -based learning) that nobody has ever heard of? . to answer DaveBurnley' s question: Education nowadays is big business and pays very well, as anyone who knows the market understands. . the main factor here is Burnley has half empty schools (such as sir john thursbys that cost £21m to build). Yet here we are again throwing money at a ludicrous idea of a new way of learning (that has no evidence base) to prop up a derelict school on kiddrow lane that should have been demolished years ago... Pendlesider
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12:23am Sun 2 Mar 14

turbo5 says...

I have a child at Wellfield school where she has just left, she was an excellent head teacher and this school is very lucky to have her. However would I put my child there ? not a chance it will be St Christophers or St Wilfreds. This Burnley High school is run by the Life Church and appears to have a lot of backing by the Lib Dems.
If a Christian church is your thing , ask if this school is recognised by the CofE
I have a child at Wellfield school where she has just left, she was an excellent head teacher and this school is very lucky to have her. However would I put my child there ? not a chance it will be St Christophers or St Wilfreds. This Burnley High school is run by the Life Church and appears to have a lot of backing by the Lib Dems. If a Christian church is your thing , ask if this school is recognised by the CofE turbo5
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11:22am Tue 4 Mar 14

public eye says...

What a shock, a white headteacher for this proposed white school that no one wants apart from a few racists and Christian right-wingers.
What a shock, a white headteacher for this proposed white school that no one wants apart from a few racists and Christian right-wingers. public eye
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