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Gryphon Leisure Centre Could Be Run By School

Fitness World

2:59pm 14th November 2012

West Dorset District Council’s Executive Committee has agreed to look into developing a business plan where The Gryphon School will manage community access to the Gryphon Leisure Centre in Sherborne.

In March 2012 the district council asked Leisure Future Ltd to review the current business plan of the leisure centre, the environment in which the centre operates taking into account other facilities and the development of a new business plan under local management by the school.

Executive Committee members have agreed to take on the comments made by Leisure Future Ltd and work with The Gryphon School to draw up a new agreement (between the school and the council) which will help the school manage community access to the leisure centre.

The findings were also supported by the Gryphon Leisure Centre Management Committee when they met in October 2012.

This draft agreement will be presented to the district council’s Executive Committee in early 2013.

Steve Hillier, Headteacher of The Gryphon School, said: “We believe there is considerable potential to develop this facility for the benefit of the community as well as improving the service it can provide to the School.

“The school’s mission proudly and explicitly states that we seek to be at the heart of the community and providing an outstanding education for all the learners in the Sherborne area with a campus and facilities to inspire learning. The extent and quality of our community provision has been recognised as outstanding in our last two OFSTED inspections. There is a strong core ethos to support, sustain and develop sport, health and fitness in the school, the community and the local clubs.’

West Dorset District Council Head of Leisure and Commissioning Tony Hurley, said: “We are going to be working with The Gryphon School to work on a plan to run the centre.

“This should provide advantages in terms of improving management while maintaining community access for local people.”

The facilities that make up the Gryphon Leisure Centre in Sherborne are owned by the school but community access is currently managed by West Dorset District Council.

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