Two year groups to be cut from school

In­creas­ing de­mand to cater for younger chil­dren means old­est pupils will be 11 by 2018

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.”

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