Many coastal areas in England face unique challenges after decades of economic decline. With waning industry, limited transport infrastructure, low-paid work and few skilled employment opportunities, coastal populations have fewer choices than people in other areas.
These issues are no secret. But what many do not consider is the effect that the isolation of coastal areas has on schools.
In 2010, Dr Tanya Ovenden-Hope began a longitudinal study of students entering a coastal school. This expanded to include five more schools, and all six became part of a broader piece of research, entitled Coastal Academies: Changing school cultures in disadvantaged coastal regions in England (Ovenden-Hope & Passy 2015).
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