Meetings will reassure parents over switch from three to two tier education system

Meetings are being held to reassure parents.
Meetings are being held to reassure parents.

Meetings are being held to reassure parents as schools prepare for the switch to a two tier education system.

As part of its masterplan Sharnbrook Federation will channel pupils towards secondary schools on two sites - Sharnbrook and Oakley (Lincroft).

Public meetings to explain how the new system will work in practice will be held over the coming weeks.

Executive principal Iain Denning said: “It’s time to end the uncertainty over what the change from three tier (lower, middle and upper) will look like and show families the future of education on offer to them at what is simply the best school system in Bedford borough,

“Our plan is change to the new system in one fell-swoop in September 2017. Details of how this will work will be explained at a series of open evenings and via our consultation.”

The changes will see Harrold Priory Middle School and Margaret Beaufort Middle School become primary schools, Lincroft School will become an academy teaching youngsters from 11 to 16 years old and Sharnbrook Upper School will become an academy for youngsters aged 11 to 19.

Benefits mooted include a clear route towards GCSEs, time for pupils to grow up in their secondary school environment, smaller year groups in the secondary system across two site and extending expertise in learning environments down to reception age.

Mr Denning said: “We have a proven track record of providing the best possible education for our students and in order to maintain that calibre of schooling, we need parents to trust that we have the best interests of their children at heart.”

Meetings are being held between 5.45pm and 7pm at Margaret Beaufort on Tuesday, November 24, Harrold Priory on Thursday, November 26, Lincroft on Monday, November 30 and Sharnbrook on Tuesday, December 1.

An online consultation is opening until January 8 at www.sharnbrook.beds.sch.uk.