Par­ents stir up school support

Sec­ondary needs com­mu­nity back­ing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­

PAR­ENTS will hold a se­ries of meet­ings to stir up support for a new sec­ondary school.

The group wants to open Chiltern Ridge­way School at an un­de­cided lo­ca­tion in the Chilterns in Septem­ber 2016.

The par­ents held a packed meet­ing in Wen­dover in July and another meet­ing at Prest­wood Vil­lage Hall on Tues­day.

They have now planned two more in Wen­dover for Tues­day, Septem­ber 16.

Group mem­ber and mother-of-three Katinka Ness­bach said: “We have an op­por­tu­nity, as a com­mu­nity, to in­crease the sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion choice in our lo­cal area.

“If we are suc­cess­ful in our pro­posal, Chiltern Ridge­way School will be a small, in­clu­sive, all abil­ity sec­ondary school.

“The fo­cus will be on the pupil as an in­di­vid­ual and on giv­ing the stu­dents the life skills they need to flour­ish.”

Mrs Ness­bach says there is a need to pre­pare for the grow­ing de­mand in sec­ondary school places.

About 200 po­ten­tial stu­dents have signed up to the school so far.

The group wants the school to be sited be­tween Wen­dover and Prest­wood.

It will cater for 80 stu­dents per year group, in four classes of 20.

The group is aim­ing to ap­ply to the Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion this Oc­to­ber to open as a new school in 2016, which will cater for young­sters from across Buck­ing­hamshire and will not have a spe­cific catch­ment area.

“Our in­ten­tion is to pro­vide a school where chil­dren are ex­cited by, and en­joy, what they are do­ing,” added Mrs Ness­bach.

“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.”

The two meet­ings tak­ing place in Wen­dover on Tues­day, Septem­ber 16 will be at the Red Lion Ho­tel, in High Street, at 11am and then at St Anne’s Hall, in Ayles­bury Road, from 7.30pm.

Speak­ers at the evening meet­ing in­clude head teacher of Sir Thomas Free­man­tle School in Winslow, Dar­ren Lyon, and chair­woman of Wey Ed­u­ca­tion Schools Trust, Dame Erica Pien­aar.

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