With teachers leaving the profession in huge numbers:
Almost a quarter of teachers who have qualified since 2011 have left profession | Education | The Guardian
... and funding being squeezed:
Futures Forum: 'New formula in funding will mean no school loses' > but: 'schools still face real terms, per pupil, reductions to their funding'
Futures Forum: Devon schools receive £290 per pupil less than the England average - and that is about to get even worse
... it is proving very difficult for schools in Devon:
Futures Forum: The general election in the West Country: the issues >>> education
A question remains as to -
How are we going to cope with greater demands for services with the expected increase of population through more housing?
Futures Forum: Housing numbers projected for East Devon >>> >>> >>> "The total number of homes built during the 18 year Local Plan period could be as high as 23,000" - rather than the "17,000 minimum figure of housing need outlined by the new Local Plan."
Futures Forum: Housing in East Devon: "Why has the District Council opted for such high growth level?" >>> in contrast to consultants' reports and government growth projections
But this is totally irrelevant to Sidmouth as all the housing proposed so far will be for the elderly - who have no children of school age:
Futures Forum: Knowle Relocation Project: How to classify the proposed development: as C3 housing or as C2 care home?
Futures Forum: District Council gives way in Sidford over affordable housing: “Under government guidance, we are required to reduce our requirements where a development is unviable and so we have no real choice but to accept this position.”
Or for the holiday home owner - who is not bothered by the provision of 'local services':
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: anticipating a Regeneration Board >> "BIG seafront development plans ... lots of income for land-holding EDDC and big income potential"
Things have proved particularly difficult, not only for Sidmouth College, however:
Sidmouth Primary School to mix classes following funding reduction
Sidmouth, education, funding, - Latest Sidmouth and Ottery News - Sidmouth Herald