Four schools in Epping Forest apply to offer sixth forms

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Headteacher Chris Cavanagh outside Debden Park School which will need to be extended in order to accommodate a sixth form Headteacher Chris Cavanagh outside Debden Park School which will need to be extended in order to accommodate a sixth form

Four schools have applied for funding to create sixth forms.

The Epping Forest District Sixth Form Consortium, including Roding Valley High School, Debden Park High School, both in Loughton, King Harold Business and Enterprise Academy in Waltham Abbey and Epping St John’s School, has put forward proposals to extend teaching to 16 to 18-year-olds.

A submission to the Department for Education is now being finalised by Essex County Council and the Education Funding Agency.

Roding Valley High School headteacher Paul Banks said: “The rationale behind the plan is to meet demand for A-level places in the Epping Forest area which has not been met for the last 20 years.”
“It means the students in all of the four schools will have a continuity of education.”

The proposal states the schools which will not be inviting applications from children at other schools.

Christian Cavanagh, Debden Park High School headteacher, said: "This sixth form consortium will help students from the community study in the community and we are looking forward to working collaboratively to raise standards.”

The new arrangements are set to offer 594 places across the four schools by September 2016.
In order to offer the places, Debden Park, Roding Valley and Epping St John’s will all require six additional classrooms from the 2017/18 academic year.

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9:21am Fri 21 Mar 14

UKIP-local says...

Was there any joined-up thinking at St John's?

The new school has just been opened and within no time at all the school is trying to make a significant change which would stretch the management and require additional building and disruption.

The school, like all the others in Epping, is on the edge of the town and about as far away from the tube station as it is possible to be. It is not close to most of the places where its pupils live.

Should we hope that a sixth form (and further building in the Green Belt), would raise the performance of an under-performing school or should we worry that a distraction is the last thing it needs just now.
Was there any joined-up thinking at St John's? The new school has just been opened and within no time at all the school is trying to make a significant change which would stretch the management and require additional building and disruption. The school, like all the others in Epping, is on the edge of the town and about as far away from the tube station as it is possible to be. It is not close to most of the places where its pupils live. Should we hope that a sixth form (and further building in the Green Belt), would raise the performance of an under-performing school or should we worry that a distraction is the last thing it needs just now. UKIP-local
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8:26am Sat 22 Mar 14

pm1234 says...

A few years ago now I tried to raise this issue via the first council "epetition" .There seems to be a distinct lack of understanding towards this issue at the time but it has obviously now become apparent that there is a real need for these six form spaces.

I applaud the head teachers that are recognising the need for sixth forms to be provided and support their bids whole heartedly. It is important to support educational needs.

As UKIP local points out there is a new school building in Epping but if the agreement for sixth form needs had not been made when the plans for the school were done then its obvious a sixth form would not have been included so there is no point condemning the school for the new plan it goes higher than that.

The school leaving age was approximately three years ago so it hardly a shock that there might be an increase of demand for sixth form spaces, if I could work it out I am sure others could have.

Whilst MP's were busy wooing academy businesses ( schools) they may have done well to have recognised real issues. This goes for the education authorities as well.

There is no point being negative about this issue UKIP local, we need sixth form spaces so local kids do not have to travel miles each day to continue in their now compulsory over 16 education, it makes sense to provide for the next generation properly rather than ignore the reality.
A few years ago now I tried to raise this issue via the first council "epetition" .There seems to be a distinct lack of understanding towards this issue at the time but it has obviously now become apparent that there is a real need for these six form spaces. I applaud the head teachers that are recognising the need for sixth forms to be provided and support their bids whole heartedly. It is important to support educational needs. As UKIP local points out there is a new school building in Epping but if the agreement for sixth form needs had not been made when the plans for the school were done then its obvious a sixth form would not have been included so there is no point condemning the school for the new plan it goes higher than that. The school leaving age was approximately three years ago so it hardly a shock that there might be an increase of demand for sixth form spaces, if I could work it out I am sure others could have. Whilst MP's were busy wooing academy businesses ( schools) they may have done well to have recognised real issues. This goes for the education authorities as well. There is no point being negative about this issue UKIP local, we need sixth form spaces so local kids do not have to travel miles each day to continue in their now compulsory over 16 education, it makes sense to provide for the next generation properly rather than ignore the reality. pm1234
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