Group’s vision for new school
‘Smaller classes and longer hours’
PARENTS have outlined their visions for a new secondary school which they hope will open in the Chilterns in two years time.
Plans for the new Chiltern Ridgeway School, which will be a free school funded by central government, are to be sent to the Department for Education by a group of parents, with the aim of improving the choice of secondary schools in the county.
The location of the school has not yet been decided, but the parents’ group behind it say that it will not have a defined catchment area and will take children from any area who wish to attend.
Earlier this month, a meeting was held, at which the group drew out its ideas for how the school would operate.
It aims to have class sizes of no more than 20, with 80 pupils per year group, and to possibly have a slightly longer school day to enable children to get more from being in school.
Group member Katinka Nessbach said: “We want it to differ from other schools in terms of its size.
“We want smaller classes in which children can benefit from more focus from their teachers.
“In larger schools, with more pupils per class, it can be possible for pupils to get lost in the system, and we want to make sure that this doesn’t happen here.
“We may well specialise in a certain subject at some point, but that is a question for further along in the process.”
The group is now asking for the support of more parents from the area to help its application to the Department for Education.
In a statement it said: “There is a need to prepare our area to meet the growing demand for secondary school places and we are at the beginning of a process of making Chiltern Ridgeway School a reality.
“Without the support of the local community we will not be able to progress to the next stage of submitting our application to the Department for Education.”
A formal application is due to be made in October, with the school possibly opening in time for the 2016/17 school year.