26th Oct, 2016

Pershore school system revamp scrapped

Evesham Editorial 25th Feb, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A PROPOSED revamp of the school system in Pershore has been scrapped after Governors at the town’s High School rejected plans to accept year seven pupils.

The Station Road school had been seeking views from local parents and schools on possibly extending the school’s age range to include year seven pupils, aged 11 and 12.

Currently, youngsters at middle schools in the town transfer to the school when they reach year eight – usually at the age of 13-years-old.

But under the proposals mooted by Pershore High School, pupils who reach year seven in September 2016 would move schools a year earlier.

But following a survey which attracted more than 1,400 responses, Governors voted to reject the plans at a meeting on Wednesday (February 25).

Almost 80 per cent of those surveyed opposed proposals for the school to take year seven pupils next September while 72 per cent were also opposed to changes at a later date.

Following the decision, Pershore High School released a letter which read: “Governors appreciate that the consultation has facilitated a robust and necessary discussion that has revealed the opportunity to consider a future for the Pershore pyramid that best suits the needs of all children.

“With this in mind, governors make the following proposal to pyramid partners: that a meeting is convened of the head teachers, chairs and vice chairs of governors of each Pershore Pyramid school to discuss the most effective way in which they can work together to ensure the best future educational outcomes for all children in the pyramid.

“The venue and date will be confirmed in due course, but we would hope to meet before the end of March.” it added.