New enrollment at vocational school in London quietly stopped two years ago: source

As support grows to keep a vocational school open in London, a school board source has confirmed new enrollment there was quietly halted two years ago.

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As support grows to keep a vocational school open in London, a school board source has confirmed new enrollment there was quietly halted two years ago.

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There have been no new 9th graders entering regular programs at B. Davison High School in two years, the source said, with their identities kept secret to avoid retaliation from the board.

The Thames Valley District School Board says it’s not closing the building, but that’s some comfort to parents, teachers and students who think the school’s professional programming is being phased out – with Enrollment discounts from start to finish.

A petition calling on the school to continue offering vocational and academic courses to students who may not be doing as well at other high schools has reached more than 350 names.

“There’s a whole group of people who want to keep the school open,” said Janine Davison, daughter of the school’s namesake, Basil Davison, and one of the organizers of a campaign to keep the school open. open school.

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B. Davison School opened in September 2014 as a merger of the former Sir George Ross and Thames Secondary Vocational Schools, on the Thames School site on Trafalgar Street.

The school offers workplace courses in hospitality, welding, construction, auto mechanics, horticulture and cosmetology as well as co-op programs and some academic courses. Many courses help students enter the job market directly after graduation.

Among those who signed the petition to keep the school open is Taija Pearson, 34, a student at Thames High School from 2002 to 2006 who now operates hairdressing and catering businesses in Sudbury.

“I had learning disabilities and wasn’t ready to go to regular high school. I ended up doing a tour in Grade 8 of Thames and fell in love with the atmosphere, the teachers and the classes,” Pearson said.

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She took several professional courses, but also learned new ways to approach academic courses, such as math, she said.

The teachers took the time to listen and explain, without judgement, she says.

“It was at home because you were with students who were going through the same thing as you. So you didn’t feel out of place.

Shutting down B. Davison or turning it into something else would hurt generations of students, with teenagers failing or dropping out of school, Pearson said.

“You will have children who will no longer be able to develop and who will not be able to learn properly. They will not be able to have a prosperous future.

A council spokesman reiterated on Monday that there are no plans to close the school, but a council-wide attendance review, with public input, will begin later this year. school.

“Thames Valley’s Rethinking Secondary Learning initiative has helped maximize program offerings across all of our secondary schools and provide more opportunities for all of our students in their home schools. As a result, we have noted a reduction in applications to B. Davison,” the spokesperson said.

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