Four schools in Epping Forest have had bids approved to open sixth forms

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

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

An application to bring sixth forms to four Epping Forest schools has been approved.

Roding Valley High School, Loughton, St John’s School, Epping, Debden Park High School, Loughton and King Harold Business and Enterprise Academy, Waltham Abbey, are set to offer 594 places by September 2016.

An announcement informing the bid had been successful was made yesterday by the Department of Education.

A small amount of expansion will be required at three of the schools - Debden Park, Roding Valley and Epping St John's - with six additional classrooms required on each school site from the 2017-18 academic year.

Buckhurst Hill and Loughton South county councillor Valerie Metcalfe said: “It has been my mission for five years for the schools to achieve this bid, I think it will make a difference, I think it will be positive and I think it will make a difference to young persons education.

“It will benefit students, providing stability and continuity.

“It’s very exciting, it will transform the schools. Parents often worry where to send their children and where will be suitable, now there will be choices.”

Places will be available to students going into Year 11 where tehy will be given the choice if they wish to carry on into the new sixth forms from September 2015.

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1:38pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Stephen Murray says...

This is excellent news for local school pupils. It is also something local school governing bodies and councillors have been arguing for, for many many years when we lost our sixth forms 25 years ago.

We have never had an adequate explanation and apology from local Conservatives for this disastrous decision taken by a Conservative county council and government to denude many of our secondary schools of their sixth forms.

At long last this terrible act of educational vandalism has been rectified.

Roding Valley High School Teacher - Independent District Councillor Stephen Murray.
This is excellent news for local school pupils. It is also something local school governing bodies and councillors have been arguing for, for many many years when we lost our sixth forms 25 years ago. We have never had an adequate explanation and apology from local Conservatives for this disastrous decision taken by a Conservative county council and government to denude many of our secondary schools of their sixth forms. At long last this terrible act of educational vandalism has been rectified. Roding Valley High School Teacher - Independent District Councillor Stephen Murray. Stephen Murray
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7:44am Sun 13 Jul 14

pm1234 says...

I think this is a massive result for the educational needs of the area and will be a real benefit for the children.
I agree with Mr Murray on this one.
I think this is a massive result for the educational needs of the area and will be a real benefit for the children. I agree with Mr Murray on this one. pm1234
  • Score: 6

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