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TKAT CEO responds to concerns over Thomas Bennett Community College proposed cuts

CEO of TKAT Dr Karen Roberts pens response following Council Leaders emailed concerns.



The CEO of TKAT has responded after Crawley Borough Council Leader Peter Lamb sent a strong email citing serious concerns over proposed cuts to Thomas Bennett Community College.

In his email which Cllr Lamb posted a copy of on twitter he said:

“The challenging financial situation faced by schools in Crawley is well-understood by the local  community and I know all too well the tough decisions which are being forced upon every public sector organisation, including my own.

Before adding:

“I would urge you to do everything within your power to ensure that cuts to the frontline provision are a final step and kept to the absolute minimum.”

TKAT CEO Dr Karen Roberts has been fast to respond and speaking to CN24 in a statement said:

“During the consultation period over the restructure at Thomas Bennett Community College, any feedback from the local community is valued and the concerns raised by Cllr Lamb will be taken into account. The restructure was not a decision taken lightly, and we are doing everything in our power to ensure we come to the best possible resolution.

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Our priority, as always, is both to ensure high standards of education are maintained and that we are doing our utmost to support all members of staff. This means identifying roles within The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT), conversations with other local schools who may be looking for staff and working directly with agencies that can help find other opportunities if needed.

As noted to Cllr Lamb in my response, we would encourage anyone else with concerns to speak to us.

However, while the consultation is ongoing it would not be appropriate to comment any further on possible plans.”

With so much dependant on the consultation it is now more paramount than ever that residents, parents and anyone concerned voice their concerns directly to TKAT.

If you would like to add any concern you can contact TKAT directly through their website at 


Annual apprenticeship graduation to take place at The Hawth

West Sussex County Council will be hosting its fourth annual apprenticeship graduation ceremony on 20 May at The Hawth, Crawley.



The ceremony is open to all West Sussex residents who have completed their Higher/Degree and Advanced Apprenticeship from 1 January 2018 to 28 February 2019.

TV newsreader and journalist John Young will be opening and compering the event.

John said:

“I’m delighted to be invited back to host a second awards ceremony for West Sussex apprentices. We need a wide range of talent to enter the workforce and if the apprentices I met last year are anything to go by we’re in good hands.”

Graduates will celebrate their hard work and achievements with a traditional ceremony and can invite two guests. Light refreshments will be served during the registration and robing and each graduand will receive a certificate and commemorative pin to mark their success.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is hosting a business networking reception for apprenticeship employers and training providers to attend before joining the main ceremony.

The ceremony on 20 May is from 3pm-4.30pm. Attendance for you and two guests is free of charge, but registration is essential and must be done by 24 April. To find out more and book your place go to

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