Two year groups to be cut from school
Increasing demand to cater for younger children means oldest pupils will be 11 by 2018
A SCHOOL has announced changes to the age groups of pupils it will take on, with the oldest two set to be cut in the coming years.
Gayhurst School, in Gerrards Cross published a document on Monday, entitled Gayhurst – Consolidating Success, which had been prepared following the first major review of the future of the school since 2011.
The main change to be brought into the school will be the cutting of the year seven age group from September 2017, and year eight from September 2018.
Currently, the school, which became coeducational in 2007, has children aged from reception to year eight, meaning that the highest age of pupils is 13.
However, it is now planned that the school will instead be for children aged from reception to year six, where the highest age is 11.
It says that the decision has been made because of the relatively small sizes of the year seven and eight year groups and the increasing demand for places in the earlier years.
Because of this, in September 2015, an extra year three class will be added.
The chairman of the school’s governors, Caroline Shorten-Conn, said: “Gayhurst has a history of being a well managed school, confident enough to lead the way with initiatives that it believes will improve the school for all those involved with it – pupils, their families and staff alike.
“Consolidating Success is the result of an extensive strategic review and we are confident that the benefits of being a more tightly focussed school will become apparent early in the next few years.”
At the moment, pupils in year six at the school who pass their 11-plus leave at the end of the year, with only some staying on there for year seven and eight.
Head teacher Andrew Sims said: “By reducing the number of years and moving Gayhurst into line with wider education trends, where the end of year six is seen by many as the natural break point, the school can become even better at what it does.”