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Headteachers welcome introduction of 1,380 secondary school places

Headteachers welcome introduction of 1,380 secondary school places

Tara O'Connor

Headteachers welcomed the introduction of 1,380 secondary school places at six Royal Borough secondary schools at a meeting on Monday at Windsor Girls’ School.

Cllr Phillip Bicknell (Con, Park) said the school places will take time to be fully introduced, comparing it to filling up a bath.

“This is fantastic news for education in the borough,” he said.

“This increase in choice means schools will compete for pupils, helping to drive up standards.

“We are confident we have chosen the right and most popular schools for this programme.

“This is a substantial investment to provide quality education in the borough and offer parents and pupils the choice of schools to attend.”

Headteacher at Windsor Boys School, Gavin Henderson, said the expansion is for ‘the benefit of the residents.’

“For many years the school has provided high quality education for boys in the community,” he added.

“There is no better investment in the community than in its children.”

Dedworth Middle School was the last to be added to the six schools allocated more places.

Co-head at the school, Graeme Aldous, said additional funding would be used to expand sporting facilities and the school is the ‘perfect site’ for expansion.

He added the investment in the school would benefit the community in West Windsor.

Speaking about the shortage of teachers, headteacher of Charters School, Sunningdale, Martyn Parker, said it is one of the biggest challenges facing schools in the area.

He said: “Like other schools, we have invested a lot in the initial teacher training. We have been in discussion with the local authorities on how we can make it attractive for people.”

The first phase of secondary school expansion is planned to start in September 2017 with 30 new places at Charters School in 2017 and 30 more in 2018.

Windsor Boys’ School and Windsor Girls’ School will each get an extra 30 places from September 2017.

In Maidenhead, both Cox Green School and Furze Platt School will have 30 more spaces in 2017.

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