Parents stir up school support
Secondary needs community backing
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.