Have your say on three schools merger plan

Education. Library picture.
Education. Library picture.

Plans to merge three schools and increase the age range at another have been drawn up and a consultation launched.

Sharnbrook Academy Federation is asking for people’s views on proposals to extend the age range to 16 at Lincroft and to bring Harrold Priory, Margaret Beaufort and Sharnbrook Upper schools together to form one school that would operate across the three sites.

The trio would provide education to children from age nine and up to 19 years old, while the extended age range at Lincroft School would create an all-through secondary school teaching children from nine to 16 years old.

The changes are designed to ‘optimise’ specialist teaching for Years 7 to 11 and enable ‘better preparation’ for GCSEs.

According to the consultation document, the move will benefit students, give greater opportunities to staff and offer more choice to parents.

Lead headteacher at Sharnbrook Academy Federation Iain Denning said: “This is a very exciting time for us.

“We believe change is necessary to sustain and improve the high levels of progress and attainment our schools currently enjoy.

“The new structure will bring better opportunities and outcomes for our students and staff.”

The proposal does not affect lower schools and, if given the go ahead, changes will come into effect in 2016.

To view the consultation, which runs until midday on February 27, visit http://www.sharnbrook.beds.sch.uk/saf-governance/13589.html