National Middle Schools’ Forum Newsletter

November 2012 - Excellent news from Kirklees

Newsletter – November 2012


National Middle Schools Forum

1) Proposal to change age range at Shelley College set to be withdrawn

Excellent news! All the pressure from parents and others has paid off – Shelley College in Kirklees has decided to withdraw its plans to change its age range from 13 to 18 to take children at age 11 - plans that would have threatened the viability of Scissett and Kirkburton Middle Schools.

The local MP, Simon Reevell, has not been persuaded by the educational case put forward by the upper school and has come out against the plans.

“Mr Reevell said the school had failed to prove its plan would boost exam results and said the hundreds of angry emails he had received meant he could not support it. Mr Reevell said Mr McNally had failed to prove any educational benefits to the two-tier system. And he said if the college went ahead with the plan he would lobby education minister Michael Gove to block it.” Huddersfield Examiner

 

See here for the full local press story:

http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/local-west-yorkshire-news/2012/11/17/shelley-college-head-recommends-expansion-plan-is-withdrawn-86081-32250184/

This is an important development for all middle schools and sets an important precedent, should other schools find themselves in this position.

Nigel Wyatt

Executive Officer

nigel.wyatt@dial.pipex.com